Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Anne Tardos: My work with Jackson Mac Low, from 'Lines–Letters–Words,' at The Drawing Center

In celebration of an unprecedented exhibit of visual & performance work by Jackson Mac Low, January 19 to March 20 at the Drawing Center in New York, I’m posting Anne Tardos’s introduction to the richly illustrated catalogue along with the Center’s official announcement of the show. Tardos, along with her own impressive workings as an artist & poet, was for many years Mac Low’s companion & principal collaborator, so that her testament in the present instance is of more than passing interest. Mac Low was of course the foremost experimental poet of his time.

[In celebration of an unprecedented exhibit of visual & performance work by Jackson Mac Low, January 19 to March 20 at the Drawing Center in New York, I’m posting Anne Tardos’s introduction to the richly illustrated catalogue along with the Center’s official announcement of the show. Tardos, along with her own impressive workings as an artist & poet, was for many years Mac Low’s companion & principal collaborator, so that her testament in the present instance is of more than passing interest.

Jerome Rothenberg: From 'Four Books' (in progress): 'A Book of Gods'

[What follows as a kind of Christmas gift is a work I prepared for a conference on “God and Grace” in London sponsored by Cambridge and Notre Dame Universities and that I later presented at this year’s meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies in San Diego.

From 'Technicians of the Sacred, Expanded': 'The Shaman of the Yellowknives, A Chipewyan Talk-Poem' (by François Mandeville)

[prologue]

 

There was a man called Sinew Water.

 

     He was a shaman.

     This is what they say.

 

     He dreamed about what was good

David Antin

Eleven ‘games for eleanor’ (previously unpublished) with a republished note on David Antin

(“games for eleanor” was a set of two-person games composed between 1965 and 1966 as a deck of twenty-three cards intended for reading in subsets of six to thirteen cards selected at random. D. A.)

 

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you come into a strange room

as always you are afraid

Clayton Eshleman

Four new poems from ‘Penetralia’

Note: All of these poems are from a new manuscript called Penetralia that will be published by Black Widow Press in the spring of 2017. In August of 2017, Wesleyan University Press will publish Eshleman’s cotranslation with A. James Arnold of The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire, a bilingual 950-page collection. Eshleman’s most recent book publications include Clayton Eshleman: The Essential Poetry 1960–2015 (Black Widow Press) and A Sulfur Anthology (based on the forty-six issues of Sulfur magazine that he edited between 1982 and 2000) from Wesleyan University Press. There are also several chapbooks from BlazeVOX that can be accessed by emailing the editors at blazevox.org.

A Half Hour with Basquiat

 

Skull trash staring through wall splash.

Face skillet with sunny-side-up red eyeballs.

Black heel sprouting splayed white fingers.

We have no Hades,    only fetus graffiti!