Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Jerome Rothenberg: 'A Book of Shadows' for Tita Reut

A BOOK OF SHADOWS

History is over.
In another world
you find another
young as you,
your shadow
over his, the two
together, sharing
hidden sorrows,
thoughts of                                         (G. de Nerval)
expiation. The world
does not forgive.

*

Allotments.
Shut.

From 'Technicians of the Sacred Expanded': 'Genesis Three' (Enuma Elish), with commentary

Translation from Old Babylonian by Harris Lenowitz

 

When sky above had no name

          earth beneath no given name

   APSU       the first       their seeder

Deepwater

Takahashi Mutsuo: 'This World, or the Man of the Boxes,' dedicated to Joseph Cornell

Translation from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles

 

[This posting was immediately dropped from Jacket2 Commentaries when I first posted it, so I’m reposting it now. (J.R.)]

 

Pilgrim on earth, thy name is heaven,
Stranger, thou art the guest of God.

Mary Baker Eddy

Jake Marmer: A new poem, 'The Law of Returning Lost Objects'

After Talmud Bava Metzia, 21A

 

On seeing Roman Vishniac’s ‘Vanished World’ exhibit

 

when is an object considered lost?

when it has been disassembled, crumbled, or scattered

so that it can no longer be described

as a sum total of itself

Amish Trivedi: From 'FuturePanic': 'What We Remembered Before'

What We Remembered Before

 

A face climbing

atop an old       

starter motor,    

buried down

and spit-taken

ahead of slender

 

white ether gloves and