Commentaries

Jerome Rothenberg

Ian and me: A collaboration (redux)

[In memoriam, Ian Tyson (19332021), painter, printmaker, sculptor, and extraordinary book artist, who was my dear friend and frequent collaborator over a half-century and more. (j.r.)]

 

I have tried an altenstil / & dropped it. — J.R., A Book of Witness, 2003

 

Reading 'Los muros no son para siempre'/'Walls are not forever'

Maire Reyes, Nayeli Hernández, Iris Díaz, Ana Iram, Paloma Galavíz, Olga Guerra, Marcia Santos, and Alejandra Aragón, ‘Los muros no son para siempre’ (Walls are not forever) (Ciudad Juárez: Casa Centro X16, 2019)

The zine opens to a map of dotted lines: barbs on a wire, punctured lines symbol of trails, punctuation of walking routes. The lines trace a walk taken on October 13, 2019, by border artists Maire Reyes, Nayeli Hernández, Iris Díaz, Ana Iram, Paloma Galavíz, Olga Guerra, Marcia Santos, and Alejandra Aragón.

Reading Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's 'Writing the Camp'

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, 'Writing the Camp' (Talgarreg, Wales: Broken Sleep Books, 2021).

The tender, raw poetic investigations in Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s recent Writing the Camp (Broken Sleep Books, 2021) conceptualize a theory of the refugee camp as archive, taking as local frame Baddawi Camp in North Lebanon, where Qasmiyeh grew up.

Charles Bernstein: The Poetry of Idiomatic Insistences

A special issue of boundary 2

Charles Bernstein: The Poetry of Idiomatic Insistences, edited by Paul Bové, focusses, mostly, on international contexts, including forewords to translated editions (translated for the first time), interviews, and a review of Topsy-Turvy.

'Post-pleistocene relic world'

Alternative communities and writing, part 2

Book opened to copyright pages. Include title, authors, and publisher details.
Photograph by Jaime Groetsema. Courtesy of Naropa University Archives.

Is it necessary to think about community from an ecological point of view? If so, would our depicted world community be more populated with trees than our current ecological moment?

Naropa archive recording title: Alternative Communities and Writing 
Date of recording: June 09, 2003
Panelists: Anne Waldman (Chair), Eleni Sikelianos, Peter Warshall, Ed Sanders, Marcella Durand, Robin Blaser.