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Drafts 1-38, Toll

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Publication Year: 2001

In Drafts 1-38, Toll, Rachel Blau DuPlessis has built a work which mimics memory and its losses, and which plays with the textures of memory, including its unexpectedness, its flashes and disappearances. Her recurrent motifs and materials include home, homelessness and exile; death and the memory of the dead; political grief and passion; silence, speech, the sayable and the ineffable. Drafts 1-38, Toll functions as a long poem comprised of 38 pieces, or drafts. These poems are conceived as autonomous "canto-like" sections that work on two procedural principles. One is the random repetition of lines or phrases across poems, a self-questioning, processual, and reconceptualizing strategy that honors the term "drafts." A second procedural principle is "the fold." This is the reconsideration of a "donor draft" and the deployment of some aspect in the donor draft in a related draft. The periodicity of this reconsideration is the number 19; hence drafts 1-19 make up the original layer, while drafts 20-38 constitute the first fold on top of this material.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

A 1990 Temple University Faculty Summer Grant, and a 1990 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, helped provide some of the time during which I composed this work. I also thank both The Fund for Poetry for a spirit-sustaining grant in December 1993 and my colleagues for ...

Draft 1: It

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pp. 1-10

Draft 2: She

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pp. 11-18

Draft 3: Of

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pp. 19-23

Draft 4: In

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pp. 24-27

Draft 5: Gap

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pp. 28-32

Draft 6: Midrush

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pp. 33-39

Draft 7: Me

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pp. 40-44

Draft 8: The

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pp. 45-51

Draft 9: Page

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pp. 52-56

Draft X: Letters

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pp. 57-74

Draft 11: Schwa

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pp. 75-80

Draft 12: Diasporas

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pp. 81-86

Draft 13: Haibun

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pp. 87-91

Draft 14: Conjunctions

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pp. 92-99

Draft 15: Little

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pp. 100-102

Draft 16: Title

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pp. 103-107

Draft 17: Unnamed

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pp. 108-113

Draft 18: Traduction

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pp. 114-120

Draft 19: Working Conditions

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pp. 121-129

Draft 20: Incipit

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pp. 130-133

Draft 21: Cardinals

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pp. 134-140

Draft 22: Philadelphia Wireman

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pp. 141-144

Draft 23: Findings

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pp. 145-157

Draft 24: Gap

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pp. 158-161

Draft 25: Segno

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pp. 162-165

Draft 26: M-m-ry

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pp. 166-168

Draft 27: Athwart

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pp. 169-173

Draft 28: Facing Pages

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pp. 174-178

Draft 29: Intellectual Autobiography

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pp. 179-186

Draft XXX: Fosse

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pp. 187-192

Draft 31: Serving Writ

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p. 193-193

Draft 32: Renga

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pp. 194-218

Draft 33: Deixis

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pp. 219-235

Draft 34: Recto

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pp. 236-241

Draft 35: Verso

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pp. 242-247

Draft 36: Cenfo

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pp. 249-254

Draft 37: Praedelle

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pp. 255-260

Draft 38: Georgics and Shadow

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pp. 261-268

Notes

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pp. 269-279


E-ISBN-13: 9780819572561
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819564849

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series