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David Brazil - The Ordinary

First off, what’s striking about this book in particular is its particular register, in terms both of tone and of formal practice – the two, I think, not really separable. At one point, Brazil writes, “my prosody’s from here” – here being, primarily, his home-town, Oakland, CA, whose environmental pressures and socialities are figured through a highly-developed auto-didactic acquaintance with ancient languages, and with political, economic and theological history, and through the detritus of language and material out of which the poetry’s shaped. 

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Date: 4 February 2015

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