Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

From 'An Artist's Life as Told by Eleanora Antinova to Eleanor Antin'

[A BRIEF NOTE FOR THE FOLLOWING.  I spent many years working in a variety of media performance, photography, writing,  film, video, installation, drawing) inventing what i called my alternate selves.  My most complex self was Eleanora Antinova, the black ballerina of Diaghilev's Ballet-Russe. I am now working on her memoir “An Artist's Life as told by Eleanora Antinova to Eleanor Antin”. The following section is from that work in progress. (E.A.)]


Jerome Rothenberg: Complete 'Airplane Poems' 1980/1983/1992/1994/2008

Wing Two by Allen D'Arcangelo (1982)
Wing Two by Allen D'Arcangelo (1982)





circles on the earth

– somewhere in Kansas –

what do they mean?

I take the circular form to mark

the coming of Messiah

day by day


– but not in Kansas! –

Jean Portante: What does and what doesn’t come to pass

Translation from French by Zoë Skoulding

From: Ce qui advient et ce qui n’advient pas


Je suis devenue immatérielle,
ombre qui se déplace dans la flamme
de la mort perpétuelle.
                                    Mario Luzi


'Toward a Poetry & Poetics of the Americas' (5): Víctor Terán, six poems from 'The Spines of Love'

Translation from Isthmus Zapotec by David Shook



The north wind whips through,

in the streets papers and leaves

are chased with resentment.

Houses moan,

dogs curl into balls.

There is something in the afternoon’s finger,

a catfish spine,

a rusty nail.