Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

From Technicians of the Sacred (expanded): “Worawora Woman,” from Paddy Roe’s Gularabulu, talk poem with commentary

WORAWORA WOMAN                          
        (by Paddy Roe) 

Well this man proper man had two woman in camp  -

an' he's a strong man that fella well I mean he can feed that two woman -

Stu Watson: A Review of NINE by Anne Tardos

· Paperback: 148 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-226-6


Jerome Rothenberg: Three Poems from “The Disasters of War” after Goya

He is a real man
when he murders,

is he not?




Sad presentiments
of what must come
to pass   a rage
of shredded clothes 

the darkness

through which images

rain down

a ruined world

From Technicians of the Sacred (expanded): David Larsen’s Translation of “The Names of the Lion”


(al-Ḥusayn ibn Aḥmad ibn Khālawayh) 


al-Waththāb             “The Pouncer”

Andrew Schelling on Gary Snyder’s “This Present Moment: New Poems”

This Present Moment: New Poems
Gary Snyder
Counterpoint Press, 2015
88 pp.; $22.00 (Cloth) 


A flat package arrived in the mail 15 years ago. When I opened the envelope it held a photocopy of the Candamaharoshana Tantra, both its original Sanskrit text and an English translation by the scholar Christopher S. George. A note Gary Snyder had tucked inside said, “I only give this to friends over 40, and married.”


The Candamaharoshana is a dialogue between Shiva and his wife, Parvati. Its intent is to break both attachment and revulsion toward the body through the most extreme sexual practices of devotion, cherishing the smells, the wastes, the hidden inward operations of digestion, excretion, salivation, and perspiration of the beloved’s physical body. In talking about two recent books, one by Gary Snyder, one a compilation of talks and lectures around his work, I want to keep that gift with its little note in mind, because it reveals two practices that run through Snyder’s writings.