Rhode Island Notebook

Rhode Island Notebook

Written by: Gabriel Gudding

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publish Date: 2007
  • ISBN-10: 9781564784797
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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. "Rhode 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."—Jerome Rothenberg "This 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."—Alan Sondheim "In a crowded field, Gudding's work demands attention."—Boston Review

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