Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Coda: Eight poems in black, after Goya

[N.B. What began for me with 50 Caprichos after Goya & has continued with variations on “The Disasters of War” will end with this Coda, first sketched in Madrid 2007, in the shadow of his darkest works. (J.R.)]

 

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two women watch

a man    his hand

under his cloak

or in his pants    the act

Mohsen Emadi: Two poems from 'Standing on Earth'

Translation from Persian by Lyn Coffin

 

laws of gravity

 

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On your planet, an apple falls from the tree

and Newtown discovers the laws of gravity.

Alejandra Pizarnik: 'The Incarnate Word,' an essay on Antonin Artaud and others (1965)

Translation from Spanish by Cole Heinowitz

I blame the men of this age for causing me to be born by the most infamous magical maneuvers into a world I wanted no part of, and for trying by similar magical maneuvers to prevent me from making a hole in this world in order to leave it. I need poetry to live, and I want to see it around me. And I do not accept the fact that the poet who I am was committed to an insane asylum because he wanted to realize his poetry in its natural state.[i]

 

'A Miniaturized Bulwark Against Being Solitary': SJ Fowler introduces 'Enemies: Selected Collaborations'

[Enemies: The Selected Collaborations of SJ Fowler is available from Penned in the Margins in the UK, priced £9.99.  This introduction was originally published on the Penned in the Margins web site, November 22, 2013.  The emphasis on collaboration is a perspective to which I feel a very great affinity.  (J.R.)]

David Antin: 'icy seagulls' (a new talk poem)

David Antin talking while Jerome Rothenberg listens in the background (photo by
David Antin talking while Jerome Rothenberg listens in the background (photo by D.G. Wills)

i guess we all need the mike because the people in the back wont hear it    it feels a little weird to me to have it    the glasses are a mistake i only use them for reading and i cant see you if i have the glasses on and ive learned in recent years ive learned from the fact that i can no longer see anything clearly sixteen inches from my face that i need glasses