Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Rachel Blau DuPlessis poet, critic, collagist, is the author of the multi-volume long poem Drafts, (1986-2012), from Salt Publishing and Wesleyan, called ‘one of the major poetic achievements of our time’ by Ron Silliman. Post-Drafts books include Interstices, Graphic Novella, Days and Works and both the collage-poem Numbers and Around the Day in 80 Worlds, both slated for 2018. She has written a trilogy of critical essays on gender and poetics, The Pink Guitar, Blue Studios and Purple Passages, and several other critical books. She has edited the Selected Letters of George Oppen, a collective memoir The Oppens Remembered, coedited The Objectivist Nexus and has written on Oppen, Zukofsky and Niedecker. Also published in 2017 was Selected Poems/Poesie scelte, 1978-2015, translated into Italian by Anny Ballardini.

from Numbers

Numbers is one of several of my new books and chapbooks that are collage-poems or collage with matching poems.

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Fifth Room

However it seems dictionarily, in writing five means 5. And 5 means five. See what I mean? Pass along here. Nothing more to see except linguistic philosophy. “Number words”– those nouns-are numbers themselves, something more or less than words. They …

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Four Quatrains

Four. Quatrain s make a ballad Four. Veggie s make a salad Four. Quart s make a gallon Four. Quartet s are based on five. The fourth dimension ‘s time. Fourth person pronoun s get to speak it- s posthumous …

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Zero and π

Zero and rr are linked in my mind. Both are beyond “theoretical” right straight into “odd.” Plethora right straight into cornucopias of unrepeating numbers and the absolute empty, yet something. Something that is a total mystery of fullness and of …

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Zero Full

You can say this talks about nothing all you want. but “zero” is clearly and richly filled with signs and signage. Not to say meaning and strangeness, a whole semiotics– signs of being which is nothing– though how do we …

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Deux mille dix

So she says her book Has no beginning and no ending Unlike the architecture Of many books. She says, “because numbers Are in order but can occur Anywhere, anyhow, in any Odd combination Sometimes called physics, Occasionally called time, Sometimes …

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Traces 6: Quality time

I spent quality time after her memorial reinventing banalities. The absoluteness of her being here, then ™Photoshopped out. What is it that anyone remembers? Most of the speakers were not and could not be eloquent. Everyone nibbled at the borders …

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Excerpts from Graphic Novella

What vision? This thought breaks the borders of the book by an interior implosion. It is impossible, really, to go anywhere, as there are some places that you cannot imagine. Still trying out of the loss, forgotten, obscured, for one …

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