Declining America (Rob Budde)

This book contains its own best review, in a line of poetry: “A cubist CT scan of the american body.” The strongest book I've read by Budde, very KSW-influenced, capped with a particularly strong poem/essay titled “Indices” that finds Budde considering poetry's utter failure as a consumer product and what aesthetic and economic implications this might have. In its best moments, this book reads like Gertrude Stein re-writing Jean Baudrillard.

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