Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

David Matlin: Excerpt from a novel-in-progress

[“The following excerpt is from the final novel of a trilogy which includes the previously published How the Night Is Divided and  A HalfMan DreamingIt is part of an on-going experiment in the Southern California rural dialect I grew up with among not only Jewish ranchers and farmers but a larger community of diverse backgrounds.  Much of the narrative includes multiple portraits of land, water, and a world, for the mo

Mark Weiss: 'Different Stories' from 'As Luck Would Have It'

[The following is from Mark Weiss’s long awaited & very welcome new book, As Luck Would Have It, from Shearsman Books in the UK.  Comments by Ron Silliman & Peter Manson appear beneath the poems – a further tribute to Weiss’s presence & prowess in a new American poetry & poetics.]


George Economou: Three More Poems from "Finishing Cavafy’s Unfinished" with a note on the process



            This was found among some poet’s papers.

            It’s dated, but quite illegibly.
            A one scarcely visible, next nine, next
            one,  the fourth number looks like a nine.

Stavros dealt out our shares in the loot.

The alpha youth in our gang,

smart, tough, and too beautiful for words.

The most capable, though except for me

(I was twenty) he was the youngest.

My guess is he wasn’t quite twenty-three.

Outside & subterranean poetry (66): Gilbert Eastman, from 'Epic: Gallaudet Protest' (in American Sign Language)

[As publication draws nigh, the following will be my final excerpt from the forthcoming Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present, edited with commentaries by myself & John Bloomberg-Rissman and published by Black Widow Press as the fifth volume of Poems for the Millennium.  Earlier excerpts have been posted on Poems and Poetics over the last several years, referring to the work as “a mini-anthology in progress,” but the completed work will now appear as a 450 page assemblage to join the other volumes in the Poems for the Millennium series. (J.R.)]