New Wilderness Letter, 1977-84 (ed. Jerome Rothenberg)

New Wilderness Letter, No. 1
New Wilderness Letter, No. 1

Jerome Rothenberg’s impressive twelve-issue magazine New Wilderness Letter picks up precisely where Alcheringa left off, with a decisive change: “the present work will be more open – more ‘coarse and broad’ in Whitman’s vision for poetry & consciousness – than the previous one.” Having departed from the ethnopoetics focus of Alcheringa in 1976, Rothenberg delivered an expansive notion of poesis in his new magazine. David Antin outlines this territory in the first issue: “those linguistic acts of invention & discovery through which the mind explores the transformational power of language & discourse & invents the world & itself.” Wilderness, too, receives poetic expansion in George Quasha’s formulation cited in the seventh issue: “Wilderness is the counter-space created in relation to each new technological development.” Indeed, continuing the expansive synthetic impulse that guided the anthologies Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and America a Prophesy, Rothenberg gathers an impressive and unlikely set of writings, drawings, and images over the course of the magazine’s seven years in publication. Even the smallest sampling of themes demonstrates this breadth: the second number is devoted to “the poetry of number,” the ninth explores “the poetics of performance,” and the eleventh considers “the idea of the book.” From anonymous medieval number poems to books printed on two-by-fours for the Four Horsemen, this storehouse of wilderness demands traversal. Or rather, in the words of Larry Eigner: 

The first seven numbers of the magazine are side-stapled editions measuring 8.5” x 11”, published by the New Wilderness Foundation in New York City. Of twelve numbers there are ten editions, with double issues for three/four and five/six. In 1978, Rothenberg is joined by a group of advisory editors in San Diego, including David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Helen Mayer Harrison, Newton Harrison, Allan Kaprow, Linda Montano, Charlie Morrow, and Pauline Oliveros, with Diane Rothenberg as managing editor. Issues eight through eleven are perfect bound in varying formats, set and printed in Barrytown, New York, by Open Studio Print Shop (Station Hill Press). Issue ten is guest-edited by Barbara Einzig on the concept of the “dream-work.” The final issue is co-published as Wch Way 5, edited by Jed Rasula and Don Byrd (shortly forthcoming from Reissues).

Full issues are available for download or browsing below. The index to each issue attempts to retain the formatting of the contents as printed in the magazine, including original pagination. Each PDF is fully searchable and bookmarked for easy navigation to individual pieces within the magazine. This reissue is edited by Danny Snelson and scanned by Amelia Bentley, with support from Charlie Morrow and Tom Comitta.

Further, the launch of these materials is presented in partnership with MisterBowler Radio, in coordination with an all-day streaming broadcast from Bent-Erik Rasmussen’s ICMM studios in Svinø, Denmark, on the occasion of Rothenberg’s 82nd birthday, December 11, 2013. 

The complete set is available for download here: [ZIP, 273 MB].

from NWL No. 9

New Wilderness Letter 1, January 1977 [PDF, 20 MB]


 

Contents

Jerome Rothenberg
“The Mystic Journey” p.1

From A Seneca Journal
p.2
Clayton Eshleman
Archai
p.2

Archai Link
p.4
Harold Cohen
The Material of Symbols
p.6
Jerome Rothenberg & Harris Lenowitz (trans.)
Abulafia’s Circles
p.17

New Wilderness Letter 2, July/August 1977 [PDF, 10 MB]


 

Contents

Jerome Rothenberg
Editor’s Statement
p.1
Charles Doria
The World of Numbers
p.2
Eric Mottram from “Compositions of the Magus: The Art of Jackson Mac Low” p.3
Maria Hebrea The Numbers
p.3
Edmond Jabès (trans. Rosmarie Waldrop)
from The Book of Questions
p.3
Jerome Rothenberg & Harris Lenowitz (trans.) Gematria p.4
Johannes Kepler
Trinity and from Harmonice Mundi
p.5
Anonymous
A Talisman for Venus
p.5
Henry Wotton
Doors & Windows
p.5
Jack Frederick & Anna Gritts Kilpatrick (trans.)
A Spell for Remembering (Cherokee Indian)
p.6
Gertrude Stein from Listen to Me p.7
Kurt Schwitters Twelve, Wall, Three p.7
Barbara Einzig Dream: p.9
Karen Shaw Additional Meanings: 46 = Chaos p.10
Jackson Mac Low “First Russian Love Poem” from Some Russian Love Poems (or Love Verses from Soviet Sources) begun about 4/14/77 p.11
Steve McCaffery Some Notes & Instances of N. R. T. p.13
Charlie Morrow From The Book of Numbers p.18
  Toadfish Language p.20
  Field “Pepper” Language: a simple sound syntax p.21

New Wilderness Letter 3-4, December/January 1977-78 [PDF, 23 MB]


 

Contents

Michael McClure
Range War   
p.1
Pauline Oliveros The Yellow River Map   
p.22
Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison One Full Work & Part of Another   
p.24
Allan Kaprow
Natural Distances   
p.35
Dick Higgins
the morning songs of jordan brown p.38

Poetry Supplement:

[Missing]

Howard Norman, Jerome Rothenberg, Barbara Einzig, George Oppen, Carol Rubenstein, Janet Hammill, Armand Schwerner, Nathaniel Tarn/Janet Rodney, Theodore Enslin, Sharon Mattlin

New Wilderness Letter 5-6, September 1978 [PDF, 20 MB]


 

Contents

María Sabina, thru Henry Munn
“I Am the Woman of the Principal Fountain” (Shaman Songs) p.1
Henry Munn
Writing in the Imagination of an Oral Poet p.6
Ernst Jandl
Textbilder (Text-Images) p.11
John Bentley Mays
From Stone Throws p.14
Arleen Schloss
Cigarette Burn p.18

76 Variations p.19
Nina Yankowitz
Notes from the Ground p.20
Navajo (Anonymous)
Eye-Dazzler p.26
Karl Young
From First Book of Omens p.27
Ian Tyson
Hommage the Nuba p.31
Keith Wilson
From Stone Roses p.35
George Herms
From Bizarre Stars p.38
Roman (Anonymous)
Horse Calligram p.39
Guillaume Apollinaire
Horse Calligram p.39
Philip Corner
Sketch for a Musical Composition Based on the Hebrew Letter Shin p.41
Edmond Jabès (trans. Rosmarie Waldrop)
From Return to the Book p.41
Chinese (Anonymous)
Exhortation against Killing Oxen p.44
Jerome Rothenberg
For Michel Benamou (1929-1978)
p.45
David Meltzer Adam’s Amulet p.46

New Wilderness Letter 7, Summer 1979 [PDF, 27 MB]


 

Contents

Jerome Rothenberg    
Notes for a New Wilderness
p.1
Gary Snyder      From a Letter (28.iii.79)
p.3
Scott McLean      The Blazed Trail to the Wilderness: Notes along the Way to New Wilderness Letter
p.4
Helen Mayer Harrison &Newton Harrison      Two Meditations, Two Commentaries & Eight Questions on the Great Lakes of North America
p.7
Jerome Rothenberg      Indians & Wilderness
p.12
Jean Pierre Faye      Cristal de Sauvagerie ?
p.17
Edmond Jabès      From The Book of Questions
p.20
Clayton Eshleman      Placements
p.21
Howard Norman      From Incidents of Travel toward Hudson Bay
p.23

The Killing of the Owl Island Windigo
p.24
Allen DeLoach      The Late Show: A Bicentennial Novel of Actual History Experienced by the Author
p.26
George Quasha      A ’PataEcological Excursion on the Plains of Pornetics
p.32
Eric Mottram      Against Tyranny (Elegy 4)
p.36
Linda Montano      The New Wilderness: A Conversation with my Father Henry Montano
p.38
Pauline Oliveros      Software for People
p.40
Steve McCaffery      A Note on Concept
p.47
Charles Bernstein      From a Letter: On Language & Wilderness p.48
Jackson Mac Low      This Is the Beginning of Something New p.49
Ramón Medina Silva      How the Names Were Changed on the Peyote Hunt p.53
Homero Aridjis      Moctezuma in the House of Blackness, or The Auguries  p.55
Larry Eigner      #736
inside back cover

New Wilderness Letter 8, Spring 1980 [PDF, 34 MB]


 

Contents

Lawrence Ferlinghetti    
Mule Mountain Dreams
p.1
George Economou    
From AMEPIKH (AMERIKI) Two   
p.4
Ernesto Cardenal    
Mayapan
p.6
David Guss    
The Atta
p.14
Alison Knowles    
The House of Dust: A Chronicle   
p.17
Philip Corner    
Elementals
p.25
Toby Lurie    
Barber’s Pole
p.31
Charles Amirkhanian    
Dutiful Ducks   
p.34
Rose Drachler    
For Witches
p.36
Jerome Rothenberg    
A Pre-Face for Rose Drachler 
p.41
Clayton Eshleman    
Cuauhxicalli 
p.42
Michael Davidson    
Exiled in the Word (discourse) 
p.43
Charles Stein    
The Projection of Archetypal Force onto Language (discourse)
p.47
George Quasha    
Traveling in Typographic Freespace
p.56
Jerome Rothenberg    
Tristan Tzara
inside back cover
Ken Friedman    
“New Wilderness 8” insert

New Wilderness Letter 9, 1980 [PDF, 34 MB]


 

Contents

Allen Ginsberg    
Meditation & Poetics  
p.1
Jerome Rothenberg    
A Glass Tube Ecstasy, for Hugo Ball   
p.2
Robert Kelly    
From Angels of Trial & Error: The Book of Jacob  
p.4
Antonin Artaud    
The Theatre of Cruelty (translated by Clayton Eshleman & Norman Glass)
p.9
Robin Blaser    
From Image-Nations 1-12 & The Stadium of the Mirror (fragment) 
p.16
Michael McClure    
From Coyote in Chains   
p.17
Barbara Einzig    
Letter: New Wilderness 
p.31
John Taggart    
Dehiscence: Suite for Six Dancers
p.40
Edward S. Klima & Ursula Bellugi    
Poetry without Sound
p.48
Rochelle Owens    
From Constructs
p.58
Richard Schechner    
Ritual In/Of/And Theatre (discourse)
p.60
Letters
Eric Mottram & Scott McLean     p.73

New Wilderness Letter 10, September 1981 [PDF, 35 MB]


 

Contents

Michael McClure    
DREAM: Night of March 5th   
p.1
Sarah Greys    
From The Autobiography of a Cree Woman (trans. Howard Norman) 
p.2
Rose Drachler    
I Dream of Air
p.4
Linda Montano    
Hypnosis, Dream, Sleep 
p.6
Charlie Morrow    
Notes on Dreamchants
p.8
Ellen Zweig    
The Dream Chants of Charlie Morrow 
p.9
Susan Hiller    
Dream Mapping 
p.15
Petruk Toskorakov    
There Were Two Brothers. . . (trans. Barbara Einzig)   
p.22
Becky Cohen & Pauline Oliveros    
From INITIATION DREAM 
p.25
Jerome Rothenberg    
Dream Poem & More Imaginal Geographies   
p.30
David Guss    
Adekato 
p.31
Geoffrey Hendricks    
Dream Event 
p.34
Carolee Schneemann     
Fresh Blood – A Dream Morphology   
p.42
David Meltzer    
From the Rabbi’s Dream-Book
p.57
Jackson Mac Low      2 Letters, A Poem, & A Dream Meditation   
p.58
Michael Davidson    
The Dream Dream
p.62
Barbara Einzig    
Lesson
p.63
  From The Yoga of the Dream State 
p.64
Bernadette Mayer    
Two Poems 
p.65
Wladyslaw Cieszynski   
Spring Undoubled   
p.72
Reb Hile Wechsler    
A Dream Interpreted Inside a Dream (trans. Joel Rosenberg) 
p.73
Howard Schwartz    
The Tale of the Messianic Dreams
p.75
Lynn Hershman    
Dream Weekend: A Project for Australia
p.77
Barbara Einzig    
Post-Face to Dream-Works (discourse)
p.82

New Wilderness Letter 11, December 1982 [PDF, 46 MB]


 

Contents

Stéphane Mallarmé / Michael Gibbs    
The Book, Spiritual Instrument
p.1
J. Stephen Lansing    
The Aesthetics of the Sounding of the Text   
p.6
Eduardo Calderón    
Reading the Mesa: An Interview by David Guss
p.20
Karl Young    
Bookforms 
p.25
Dennis Tedlock    
What the Popol Vuh Tells About Itself
p.31
Becky Cohen    
The Book as an Instrument of Performance
photo insert
Jed Rasula    
From Tabula Rasula   
p.33
Alison Knowles   
On The Book of Bean   
p.35
George Quasha    
Auto-Dialogue on the Transvironmental Book: Reflections on The Book of Bean
p.41
Tina Oldknow    
Muslim Soup 
p.44
Dick Higgins    
A Book 
p.46
David Meltzer    
From the Rabbi’s Dream Book 
p.48
Karl Young    
Notes on Codex Vienna
p.50
Edmond Jabès    
The Book and the Desert/[Wilderness]: An Interview
p.61
Paul Eluard    
Useful Man  
p.66
Gershom Scholem    
The Oral & the Written: “There Is No Written Torah Here on Earth” (Discourse)
p.67
Herbert Blau    
Deep Throat: The Grail of the Voice (Discourse)
p.68
Jerome Rothenberg    
Editor’s Note p.77

New Wilderness Letter 12 / Wch Way 5, 1984 [PDF, 36 MB]


 

Contents

Prolegomenon
p.1
Jackson Mac Low
Various Meanings
p.2

Begun in the Air
 
Jerome Rothenberg
from Yaqui: Flower World
p.9
Robert Grenier
Twelve Poems
p.13
Barbara Einzig
Dream
p.21

Clearing

Will Alexander
Letter of Warning
p.25

The Western World

Pierre Joris
Renart and the She-Wolf
p.35
Howard Norman
Wichikapache Tales
p.43
Milan Knízák Probable Poems p.49
Kathleen Fraser Four Voices. . . p.61
John Clarke Eleven Sonnets p.68
Jed Rasula Per Say, More p.73
  The Future Perfect  
Charles Bernstein Outrigger p.77
Don Byrd Book of the Father p.80
C. Mark Hurlbert Benjamin Paul Blood p.98
Benjamin Blood The Anaesthetic Revelation p.102
  The Immortality of the Soul  
Jerome Rothenberg, ed. Takes and Out-takes from Technicians of the Sacred p.110
  The Vulva Song of Inana  
  Exorcism of the Eye  
  Against Wens  
  Magic Song: A Boasting  
  Weston Sub-Edge Mummer’s Play  
  Voice of the Karaw  
  Red Book of Hergest  
  Al Que Quiere!