Commentaries

Norman Finkelstein: “Oppen at Altamont”

From N. Finkelstein, The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems, Dos Mad
From N. Finkelstein, The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems, Dos Madres Press, 2016

I

Thrownness he calls it

And indeed “everyone

turned very sharply

into himself or herself.

Kind of a masturbatory

atmosphere.”

 

And the music—

something we had never

Kara Walker: Unsettling narratives

Refracting history/archetypes

[image: Kara Walker, Gone: An Historical Romance of Civil War as it Occurred Bet

If refraction reorients boundaries and shapes that we take for granted, then this literal impulse lies at the center of the well-known cut-paper silhouettes of Kara Walker, which I now examine through the lens of translation and refraction.

Dennis Tedlock: Seven Poems from Alcheringa & Another from a Long Trip through Morocco

[Re-posted from a previous publication in Poems and Poetics, to mark Dennis Tedlock’s  unexpected passing earlier this year.  My admiration & debt to him – & that of so many others – is hardly in need of explanation, though the note below provides some of it. (J.R.)]

 

Advice Received

 

Don’t ask too many questions.

Artaud & Theater

Still, The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928


Artaud’s separation from the Surrealists was not amicable. A rough break was perhaps inevitable considering the Surrealists’ tendency toward confrontation and disruption, a disposition further provoked by the view that Artaud was a sell-out.

Luis Buñuel, who joined the Surrealists after Artaud left, describes this rebellious spirit in his memoir, My Last Breath:


Dennis Tedlock (June 19, 1939 - June 3, 2016)

image: Douglas Levere / UB

It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Dennis Tedlock on June 3.  I worked closely with Dennis during our time in the Poetics Program at SUNY-Buffalo. I greatly admired Dennis's work and was lucky to get to know him.