Commentaries

From 'Technicians of the Sacred Expanded': 'Genesis Three' (Enuma Elish), with commentary

Translation from Old Babylonian by Harris Lenowitz

 

When sky above had no name

          earth beneath no given name

   APSU       the first       their seeder

Deepwater

Artaud's correspondence with Jacques Rivière

Portrait of Jean Paulhan, 1938
Portrait of Jean Paulhan, 1938

Jean Paulhan was the son of a doctor and had been Dr. Toulouse’s assistant for some time, working on the review Demain. By 1923, he had become Jacques Rivière’s assistant and was working on one of the most famous literary journals in Paris, the Nouvelle Revue Française. Perhaps Artaud’s editing relationship with Paulhan, which would last for the rest of their lives,[1] led Artaud to send several poems to Jacques Rivière for consideration. Rivière sent one of the friendliest rejections imaginable—inviting Artaud to stop by his office some Friday afternoon so the two could talk. After Artaud paid him a visit, the men took up a correspondence that spanned almost a year—from 1923 to 1924.

Hannah Weiner's 'CODE POEMS' in City Hall Park (NY)

Hannah Weiner's Code Poems are featured in "The Language of Things," a public art show that opened tonight across from NY's city hall. Here are some photos, by Susan Bee. Adam Pendleton's work is based on Weiner's (photo from the web site).  Weiner's description of the work is provide on the exhibitions web site via EPC (originally published in 0-9).

Collaged correspondences: Alexa Mergen on movement, stillness, & other practices

found sign | collage by Alexa Mergen
found sign | collage by Alexa Mergen

When I was a girl, my father used to set me atop the postal service mailbox located around the corner from our house. Blue and red, with a cavernous mouth that swallowed envelopes into what I imagined to be an enormous steel belly, its steadfast presence signified a mysterious process of reception and delivery — the transport of words to somewhere else.

Of a related process — the carrying over of one word to another — poet and translator Forrest Gander observes a corresponding mystery:

Takahashi Mutsuo: 'This World, or the Man of the Boxes,' dedicated to Joseph Cornell

Translation from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles

 

[This posting was immediately dropped from Jacket2 Commentaries when I first posted it, so I’m reposting it now. (J.R.)]

 

Pilgrim on earth, thy name is heaven,
Stranger, thou art the guest of God.

Mary Baker Eddy