Not since On the Road has a book been more thoroughly of the road. Unlike Kerouac's novel, however, this book was literally written on the road in Gudding's own car, on pad and paper while driving. Rhode Island Notebook is the handwritten account of one driver's journey to happiness in the face of grief. This book-length poem chronicles the break-up of a family and the separation of a father and daughter, while at the same time recording the rise of jingoism in the United States in the moments before and during the invasion of Iraq. qRhode Island Notebook is a modern/postmodern epic as a poem-including-everything. An incredibly human(e) book at bottom, it is also Gudding's road of excess, as Blake once had it, leading him (and us) to the palace of wisdom.qaJerome Rothenberg qThis is a remarkably vulnerable book, a dapple-drawn vortex sutra, a contemporary odyssey, an anti-Baudrillardic-bardic remapping of America. It is a meditation on loss and fecundity, an amazing read, a necessary read, by an amazing poet. . . . This is the first 21st-century classic.qaAlan Sondheim qIn a crowded field, Gudding's work demands attention.qaBoston ReviewMy first book was published a month ago Dark but deep purple to the east at 6:15 AM Arcadia Beach [illegible] Wickaboxet Mngmt Area Exeter 1 M W. Alton Jones Campus 1 M Exit 5B Deli Store Truck Stop Gas Truck repair Exeter 102 Southanbsp;...
|Title||:||Rhode Island Notebook|
|Publisher||:||Dalkey Archive Press - 2007|