Poetics

By Rodrigo Toscano Rodrigo Toscano
Pyongyang, if you’ll please, STOP
                                        appearing
                                        in the poem
like this—
unannounced

*

In writing to your
Pomomomo

(that special critical topos
between an ideolophe fahtha’
and a para-juridical muhtha’ )

This-side-of-the-Hudson
Psycho-Acoustics

Jangling—

Claim you
what?

“We call it dead in the wa wa
don’ mean jacky bits

“Pyongyang”

*

But it does...
as an In Walk Bud
flips the whooole session
on its head

lexicals
in range
clash
and dash out

patch 14ths
off the scale
to perfect fifths
effects

REACT
rather more differently
than before

with   
“Pyongyang”
in there

*

And “Quetzalcoatl”

Lands on
“Tarragon”
jangling it?

If that’s where the Nitro’s stored, in
“Tarragon”

bird’s already been
blown off

feathers
falling

field’s been
re-charged

*

And “Thatcher?” as guest
jaw-harp
soloist?

The E.U.’s
formative   
contradictions

unresolved?

some kill in that cut—

you got the mic, pomomomo

make a ho’ youself

and Maggy

and us

Rodrigo Toscano, “Poetics” from Platform. Copyright © 2003 by Rodrigo Toscano.  Reprinted by permission of Atelos.

Source: Platform (Atelos, 2003)

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Poet Rodrigo Toscano

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

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Raised in southern California, experimental poet, playwright and labor activist Rodrigo Toscano's experimental work often takes the form of conversation and physical movement that interrogates, and crosses, borders: the border between poetic and political action, between the made thing and its making, between speech and theater, between languages, between social change and its provocation. In a 2005 interview with poet Leonard . . .

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