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The O Mission Repo: A Repo of the O Mission Error Attacks on Unit

4.6 of 5 stars 4.60  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Treating each physical page of the original report directly, Mr. Macdonald takes his readers on an operatic journey through the shifting fields of language that have arisen in the post-9/11 world. A resident of Brooklyn, NY at the time of the attacks, the "author" modifies each line of text with the alternating tenderness and rage of one who has experienced the uncertainti ...more
Published September 11th 2008 by Fact-Simile Editions (first published January 1st 2008)
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Michelle Naka Pierce
The O Mission Repo recounts through erasure, a kind of palimpsest of the 9/11 Commission Report. The text begins with a heavy screen of redaction, creating a wall that challenges my reading of the text. I feel inundated by the dark day, the smoke, and the falling towers that are evoked in this black out. My eyes squint, ask me to look away. Yet the text progressively moves toward the white out, a critique that attempts to shed light on the original document, perhaps, or to give the reader hope. ...more
This is another book I just finished writing a review on. I thought I'd dislike it, because I'm not particularly interested in erasure projects (and this works off The 9/11 Commission Report) and I so often find politically motivated poetry flat and proscriptive. However, this is the most successful erasure poetry I've encountered and I found it valuable. Macdonald really worked the material, creating an alternate narrative of the 9/11 attacks that is both imaginative and realistic. He avoids th ...more
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Part of my summer indie lit war on terror trifecta along with Falcons on The Floor and abu ghraib arias.

This is the first longer erasure I've read (it's an erasure of the 9-11 report) and the conclusion I didn't think I'd arrive at is that even as a reader who is willing to take a whole lot of meaning and feeling from word soup language nonsense, I had the suspicion the entire time reading this that the experience would have been exponentially richer if I'd ever read any part at all of the 9-11
Sep 11, 2009 Travis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Exactly one year ago today, we here at Fact-Simile Editions released The O Mission Repo. Since that day, we've received some great buzz from places like Poets & Writers, Rain Taxi, and Verse.

Now, in commemoration of all who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 and in the two senseless American wars since, Fact-Simile Editions is pleased to announce the FREE ONLINE RELEASE of The O Mission Repo by Travis Macdonald at

We might be crazy. We probably are. But we want to m
Interesting look at erasure poems from a current cultural text - used it for teaching, undergrads loved it.
The best execution of this kind of project I've seen.
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