Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

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.

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

Coda: Eight poems in black, after Goya

[N.B. What began for me with 50 Caprichos after Goya & has continued with variations on “The Disasters of War” will end with this Coda, first sketched in Madrid 2007, in the shadow of his darkest works. (J.R.)]

 

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two women watch

a man    his hand

under his cloak

or in his pants    the act

Mohsen Emadi: Two poems from 'Standing on Earth'

Translation from Persian by Lyn Coffin

 

laws of gravity

 

I

On your planet, an apple falls from the tree

and Newtown discovers the laws of gravity.

Alejandra Pizarnik: 'The Incarnate Word,' an essay on Antonin Artaud and others (1965)

Translation from Spanish by Cole Heinowitz

I blame the men of this age for causing me to be born by the most infamous magical maneuvers into a world I wanted no part of, and for trying by similar magical maneuvers to prevent me from making a hole in this world in order to leave it. I need poetry to live, and I want to see it around me. And I do not accept the fact that the poet who I am was committed to an insane asylum because he wanted to realize his poetry in its natural state.[i]