A collection of poems
and prose pieces circling the problem of historical
knowledge. Language is not simply a vehicle for representing one's
a material force in its creation. Hence the poems attempt to investigate
boundaries between daily talk and the social environment.
Michael Davidson is director of the Archive for New Poetry at University
California in San Diego. Other books include The Arcades (O
Prose of Fact (The Figures), Post Hoc (Avenue B), and The
Renaissance Cambridge UP).
"D's sentences are fragmentary and often non-syntactical, enveloping
reader in his process of exploring language, but his work conveys
sensitivity which is not often found in experimental writing."
"Language fallen from three stories, sharp
angles can surprise you. The
cut bleeds & the phrasing's on the money"
--Poetry Project Newsletter
"The Landing of Rochambeau jettisons the post-structural
evident in The Prose of Fact, returning to the promise of The
with its consistently good-humored philosophical boisterousness"
--Jed Rasula, Sulfur
"...a grand adventure in the difficulty we have with words;
that close to
the difficulty we have with marriage and with living alone, the field
immediate experience the poems come from and return to. His wit is
never disengaged or distancing from his passional reality that ultimately
becomes our own passional reality, our continued possibility of keeping
the roots of feeling alive and vulnerable."