Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Clayton Eshleman: 'Wound Interrogation'

[From Penetralia, a new collection of poems, to be published by Black

Widow Press in 2016]

 

In Matta’s “Wound Interrogation,” 

a Malangganesque robot thrusts a flattened palm against

a large pulpy vaginal wound hung before it.

Carol Rubenstein: Four new poems from 'Vanished Number'

AUTHOR'S NOTE.  With a small Saltonstall poetry grant, I visited Auschwitz in 2004-05 during all the seasons.  I had to get the sense of the place on my skin and know at least that reality as it was felt by the inmates.  It was hard to find a way into the overwhelming “pity and terror” of the Auschwitz tragedy, and many poems took on a surreal cast.  I welcomed the variety of approaches that presented themselves.  Some poems, like “Birken, Place of Birches” and “The Carp Feeders,” are based on where and when events occurred.

David Huerta: 'Ayotzinapa,' translated into English by Mark Weiss

[On September 23rd 43 students of the teacher's college in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, were detained by the police on the way to a protest, and handed over to a local drug cartel. They were tortured and killed, their bodies dismembered, dumped in a pit and incinerated. Mexico has been in turmoil since.

 

David Huerta is one of Mexico's most important poets. This poem is his reaction. (M.W.)]

 

James Koller: Sioux metamorphoses, transcreation after Frances Densmore

[The death of James Koller in December brought with it the memory of his vigorous presence in the years we knew him — at first in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the initial heady days of ethnopoetics & later with the Franco Beltrametti circle in Switzerland & in his own home & hideaway in the woods of Maine.

Jackson Mac Low: '27th Light Poem, for Jerry (Jerome) Rothenberg (An Essay in Poetics) 10 – 11 October 1969, 19 May 1970, & 20 January – 25 February 1975' [A re-posting & celebration]

[note.  Looking at the 27th Light Poem in retrospect it’s now evident that its composition went over a period of some five or six years, nor can I recall at what stage in the writing Jackson first passed it along to me.  Whenever it was I must have had a copy of some sort & must have misplaced or buried it along with other manuscripts & notes accumulated in the intervening years.  I don’t recall anyway that it was ever published, and it has only come back to me recently through the kind offices of Anne Tardos & Michael O’Driscoll during their compilation of Mac Low’s Complete Light Poems, published for the start of 2015 by Charles Alexander’s Chax Press.  So it’s in celebration of that major & long awaited work that I’m announcing the book & (re)posting the 27th Light Poem here.  Its relevance to Poems and Poetics goes almost without saying.  (J.R.)]

 

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A    B   C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O
1     2    3    4     5    6    7     8     9  10   11  12   13   14    15

P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z
16  17   18   19  20  21  22   23   24   25  26 

J-10, E-5, R-18, Y-25 = “EE” – 2 + 5 = E-7;

R-18, O-15, T-20, = K-20, H-8 = S-8, E-5, N-14, B-2, E-5,

R-18, G-7

 

J-10   = jack-o’-lantern light
E-5     = earthlight
R-18  = refracted light
R-18  = refracted light
Y-25  = e-7 = ether-lamp light
r-18  = refracted light
o-15  = amazonstone light
t-20 = k-20 = kindly light
h-8   = s-8 = shaded light
e-5    = earthlight
n-14 = noonday
b-2    = m-2 = moonlight
e-5    = earthlight
r-18  = refracted light
g-7    = j-7 = jalousie light