War, the Musical

Rob Fitterman, Author, Dirk Rowntree, Author . Subpress $15 (400p) ISBN 978-1-930068-33-9

Combining the cut-and-paste graphic art and radical typesetting of artist Rowntree with texts that poet Fitterman (Metropolis ) has found, altered and composed, this hybrid work orchestrates a multiplicity of voices singing out against an ever changing backdrop. The result is a book that harmonizes the contradictions between lines like "all you can/ think about is there's/ someone out there// trying to kill you or/ your buddy" and "Hunter satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us." Rowntree offers up a profusion of incongruous yet moving scenes and figures. The text reads like spliced Internet chatter presented with strategic orthographic alterations. As elements repeat, they produce the disorienting sense of a business-as-usual homefront ("1 made the cheerleading squad 6ecause 1 yelled the cheer as loud as 1 could") obliterating a real war with a mouse click. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 12/18/2006
Release date: 01/01/2006
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