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Review of "Fascicle 30"

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Review of "Fascicle 30"

Dawn Pendergast

Review originally published at  Poetry Chapbooks: Text and Texture

Fascicle 30 by Brad Vogler
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“Fascicle 30” is a little red leaves textile series chapbook by Brad Vogler. The cover is made from a sheer-ish cloth that looks like packaging for the mail, and the inside covers are stitched with a cheesecloth- type rough material. The overall impression is that the book is in a “manuscript” state, which is the idea of the poems as well. One really great thing about this chapbook that sometimes is not the case, especially with this series, is that the title and poet are written on the front…seemingly a simple addition, but it gives the chapbook some legitimacy it may have otherwise lacked.

The poems are all numbered rather than named, contributing to the theme of “unfinished-ness” of the chapbook. The poems appear as if they are iterations of a work in progress, and all come together at the end. The word “adjust” is adjusted on the page with a copy of the word laid over it, there are cross outs on some poems, letters are swapped, and some words are fully marked out of the poems. There are “variants” of some poems, different iterations of the same words, seemingly edited from piece to piece. Finally, poem 660 is a beautiful amalgamation of some of the more memorable lines from the pieces before, as if this is the finished product of all of the work before. The last stanza, I just can’t help but quote, I love it so much: “If God is— presume he is lonely without you. And I, my eyes little coppers filled with the letter confess— I prayed for a tiding built of but just a syllable.” It feels like all of the iterations previously have amassed to a good finished work by the end, and so the chapbook’s theme is complete.

The only criticism I would have of this book, which I think works together very well and accomplishes precisely what it means to, is that more of the page could’ve been used by the poems, since poems in progress are more sprawling, and the mark-outs, cross-outs could’ve looked more “realistic”, whereas they look computer generated right now, too clean and sinuous. Otherwise, I loved this.
— Eric, Poetry Chapbooks: Text and Texture