[Author’s Note: My compositional method in these poems stretches across/between a number of different languages & engages (mis)translation as its key modality. This is writing that traverses Yiddish, Hebrew, & Aramaic (among other) grammars, syntaxes, & lexicons, taking English as its temporary “host” while performing perpetual inflectional slippages, often through interlingual punning & fusion slangs. – AR]
[The following conference report chronicles — “for the record” — the range of events at last year’s Outside-in/Inside-out festival of outside and subterranean poetry in Glasgow. The starting point, of course, was Barbaric Vast & Wild (Poems for the Millennium, volume 5, Black Widow Press, 2013), coedited by myself & John Bloomberg-Rissman — a small move toward what John and I were calling, unabashedly, an omnipoetics. (J.R.)]
MAGHREBIAN SURREALISM SURREALISM IN THE MAGHREB SURREALIST MAGHREB THE MAGHREBIAN SURREALISTS MAGHREBIAN SURREALITY THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN THE MAGHREB SURREALIST MAGHREB PRESS SERVICE SURREALISM IN THE SERVICE OF THE MAGHREB Etc.
— Given an audience of intelligent participants — Into a red chechia without a ponytail place nine ping-pong balls numbered from 1 to 9. — Shake the chechia for the one minute needed to create silence. — Draw a ball