Deck of Deeds is comprised of seventy poetic prose image captions (without images) whose titles are inspired by the popular Latin American loteria card game. Written by a poet who logs in an average of ten thousand miles of air travel each month working as a union trainer and coordinator throughout the U.S., the “cards” reflect a dizzying array of cultural-geographic locations, each one acting as a scene-setter for highly dystopian portraits of “people” caught in a tangle of industry-specific “predicaments.”
Rodrigo Toscano is also the author of Collapsible Poetics Theater (National Poetry Series 2007), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, Diasporic Avante-Gardes (Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement), and in the anthology, Against Expression. He was a recipient of a New York State Fellowship for the Arts in Poetry. Toscano has been involved in labor movement politics for over fifteen years.
Deck of Deeds
March 15, 2012
$15.95; 128 pgs.