Commentaries

Joe Davis’ Microvenus as molecular muse

Joe Davis’ Microvenus “infogene” encodes and inserts the superimposed letters “Y” and “I” (a primeval Germanic rune for both “female” and “life” itself) into a bacterium, converting a graphic emblem into phase values and then into a nucleotide sequence. The muse-worship that Robert Graves once located at the origins of Western verse tradition in The White Goddess can now be clinically literalized.

Hiromi Ito’s Transcreation of “The Heart Sutra”

Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles

 

While looking freely and without effort at the world

While walking with people, searching for the path

In his spiritual quest to discern based on deep wisdom

Avalokiteshvara arrived at a certain thought.

Refraction as resistance (i)

[image: collage capone, cha, philip, walker, kim, lyle]
F. Capone, T. Cha, M. Philip, K. Walker, C. Kim, C. Lybele

I began with an accumulation, a sense of something, and this question: What is the significance of refractive poetics’ for artists who identify with the margins or address alternative modes of seeing?

Outside-in / Inside-out schedule

The following is the schedule for the major festival of “outside & subterranean poetry,” which takes as its point of departure Barbaric Vast & Wild, the anthology/assemblage co-edited by Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg-Rissman.  The still larger Outside-in / Inside-out festival, as announced, will take place at venues across the City of Glasgow from September to November 2016.

 

September picks: Duplan, Szymaszek, and Bartlett

Kenna O'Rourke

Three great 2016 titles from women poets reviewed in brief this month.


 

Take This Stallion, Anaïs Duplan (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016)