Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

David-Baptiste Chirot: Cinema of Catharsis (IV-VII) [redux]

[continued from a previous posting]

IV.

 

As the patterns are emerging from the small battered lawn—the patterns which are for her continuously seeping in from those in the long-ago linoleums . . . they begin to form before her eyes the patterns of a parquet floor . . . the patterns, even, of a kind of design she has seen somewhere before . . . watching, waiting, with ever increasing urgency, an urgency she feels violently and vividly coursing through her tautening veins . . . as the memory begins to clear . . . revealing to her both the floors and the ceiling of a Cinema she had frequented as a child . . . in some outlaying area of the small battered city . . . an area which she associates more with dream than memory . . .

Mark Weiss: “Glass Palace,” 17 Poems

ADVICE

What you need, he said,

is another trip to the edge

and beyond.

 

And I thought he was joking.

 

EASE OF MOTION

This fantasy that has deluded many,

David-Baptiste Chirot: Cinema of Catharsis (I-III) [redux]

for Rex Chirot & Jerome Rothenberg

PREFACE:

 

El Colonel is smiling, writing with his cigarette’s smoke in that great page, the sky . . . that great page, ever open to all, in which all eyes may read---and there, their readings being writings . . . find also the writings of others . . . moving, living, in skies of their own among these sometimes shared skies, these skies sometimes encountering each other . . . these writings, readings readers & writers . . . meeting among these skies . . . so that—

Jerome Rothenberg: Corno Emplumado Improvisación Blues y Fantasía, in Spanish & English (1965)

[It was during our transition into the fabled 1960s that it began to feel that everything we wanted for poetry was now becoming possible.  I’ve written about much of this before, but a curious moment for me was the one time, in 1965, that I allowed myself to write a whole poem in a language other than English.  The occasion was the fourth anniversary issue of El Corno Emplumado (The Plumed Horn), the revolutionary poetry magazine that Margaret Randall & Sergio Mondragón co-founded in 1962 & carried forward for most of the following decade.  I was inv

Marthe Reed: Five Poems from Binx’s Blues, with a Note on the Process

On lines from Walker Percy

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still burning

sky over Gentilly

 

it is easily overlooked

strange island

 

the slightest interest

New Orleans

 

sags like rotten lace