Rhode Island Notebook
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.
Title Rhode Island Notebook
Author Gabriel Gudding
Title First Published 23 November 2007
Nb of pages 436 p.
Publication Date 23 November 2007
Nb of pages 436
List Price $12.50
Notebook Made While Driving 18 Hours from Illinois to Rhode Island, Labor Day Weekend 2002, in One Go, Stopping to Gas Only and to Urinate My Pee
Departing after teaching English 247, 2:30 PM, bright sky, HWY 74 east.
Those poor raccoons.
From that rock song I learned “every rose has its thorns.”
The Ford Expedition is an abomination. Great day teaching at ISU today except for the one kid hunched at his desk: the sand-dollars of sleep hanging under his eyes kept clacking in the small breezes of his mouth weather. I woke him and explained that eye-sleep constitutes a type of guano.
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
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Genres : Poetry
Countries : United States of America