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Residuum

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* 2015 CSU Poetry Center First Book Competition, Editor’s Choice *

“Martin Rock’s Residuum spins language into twinned helices of what is said and what is taken back, layering micro- and macroscopic images of bodies in love and space and history. It might make you a little dizzy. It might be contagious or reproducing. It might ask you to glimpse at the moments when you try
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 15th 2016 by Cleveland State University Poetry Center
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Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Martin Rock presents here at least two possible readings of each poem, with sections or lines struck out "under the sign of erasure," so that we have alternative inclusions that shift meanings, make and unmake "the violence is {reversed} irreversible." The strike-throughs are themselves a complex organism, breathing and unbreathing, with the text both living and dead before us. "Here are my thoughts in front of you denatured" says this collision of dark and light matter, form and formlessness. ...more
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Residuum is a gorgeous rendering of the human brain (computer) as it navigates, revises, comments, and evolves through the barrage of existence. I found the cross-outs fascinating as commentary on and erosion of the white male literary canon; as well as the realtime evolution of poetry. The virus images make stunning page divisions—simply adding to the collection's highly creative and inspired nature.
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