Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

David Baptiste Chirot: 'Hidden in Plain Sight': Found visual/sound poetries of feeling eyes and seeing hands

[Himself on the cusp between “outside” & “inside” poetry & art, Chirot, whose work, both verbal & visual, is a great too often hidden resource, writes from an authoritative if barely visible position in contemporary letters. The depth & breadth of his more recent work — the rubbings & collages foremost — is outstanding. (J.R.)]

Jerome Rothenberg: A Round of Solipsisms

for my 86th birthday

“He takes a book down from his shelf & scribbles across a page of text: I am the final one. This means the world will end when he does.” (from A Paradise of Poets)

 

1/

the lie of consciousness

assails me    waking

in the early hours

 

shorn of dreams

Rochelle Owens: From 'Solarpoetics,' (concluded) 16–26

[The following is the conclusion of Rochelle Owens’s major new alphabetic work, earlier sections of which have appeared previously in Poems and Poetics.]

 

16

Reading a word does not depend on the number

of letters it contains

Wai-lim Yip, from 'Paris Dialogues': four poems after photos by Jonas Yip

[A commemoration here of two new books in English by Chinese poet Wai-lim Yip: Somewhere Between (National Taiwan University Press), from which this excerpt is taken, and Arrivals and Departures: Poems, Memoir, and Chronology (Musical Stone Publishing, Hong Kong), a selection of his original writings in Eng