Commentaries

José Vicente Anaya

from Híkuri (Peyote), some excerpts from a masterwork of Infrarealism

Alongside Roberto Bolaño and Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, José Vicente Anaya was one of the founders of Infrarealism in Mexico in the 1970s. Infrarealism was a post-communist avant-garde movement that existed in opposition to a complacent Mexican literary status quo. 

Translation from Spanish by Joshua Pollock.

[Reprinted from publication by The Operating System with permission of the author]

 

Toward a poetry and poetics of the Americas (23)

Eunice Odio, from 'The Fire's Journey'

[In the process of gathering with Javier Taboada our assemblage-in-progress of North and South American poetry “from origins to present,” scheduled for publication by University of California Press in 2021, I would like to call special attention to this masterwork by Eunice Odio (1919–1974), which is now available in a full four-volume edition from Tavern Books in Portland, Oregon. Octavio Paz’s description of Odio as “of that line of poets who invent their own mythology, like Blake, like St.-John Perse, like Ezra Pound” is a succinct assessment of that work, as brought beautifully into English by Keith Ekiss and Sonia P. Ticas. (J.R.)]

Translation from Spanish by Keith Ekiss and Sonia P. Ticas

 

Stuart Cooke

from 'Toward an Ethological Poetics: The Transgression of Genre and the Poetry of the Albert’s Lyrebird'

[N.B. Cooke’s essay, in its entirety, can be found here.]

[Abstract. In an attempt to respond to the West’s general obliviousness to nonhuman semiosis, this article proposes a method for appreciating nonhuman poetics. By combining the critical tools of poetics and literary theory with insights from ethology and biosemiotics, Stuart Cooke outlines a method of criticism for nonhuman creative compositions.

Rae Armantrout

Four Poems from 'Entanglements,' with a note by the author

[The poems, below, appeared two years ago in Armantrout’s small book Entanglements, published by Wesleyan University Press and still readily available. The author’s note that follows was written specifically for Poems and Poetics, as an opening and guide to her remarkable and always mind-bending “physics-inspired writing.” (J.R.)]

[The poems, below, appeared two years ago in Armantrout’s small book Entanglements, published by Wesleyan University Press and still readily available. The author’s note that follows was written specifically for Poems and Poetics, as an opening and guide to her remarkable and always mind-bending “physics-inspired writing.” (J.R.)]


Running

Artifice of Absorption: EPC Digital Library

cover of 'Paper Air' edition by Susan Bee

Gil Ott published “Artifice of Absorption” as a special issue of Paper Air in 1987. A revised version of the work is included in A Poetics, published by Harvard University Press in 1992. A Poetics remains in print: order it here. This html edition, created around 2014, uses the text from A Poetics, although the notes are in a separate file in this html version, while they are formatted as footnotes in A Poetics. I prefer the format in A Poetics. 

HTML Edition of Artifice of Absorption