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

 

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Angelus Novus

N.B. As a master of the multivolume long poem, one of Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s motifs, she tells us, is “making a commentary in a poem that glosses key modernist texts in suspicion and homage.”

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It’s A Strange Angel!

 

A NEW & improved angel!

 

Chicken-footed claws and finger feathers,

a perfect poultry type.

Raglan sleeve-y wings

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.

Toward a poetry and poetics of the Americas (35): from Simón Rodríguez, 'American Societies,' 1828

An early experimental poetics

from American Societies
Translated from Spanish by Javier Taboada

Spanish Language & Government share the same position…

Orienting to im/mobility

This image is a screenshot of El Paso zoning maps accessed online. The ICE detention center described here is underneath the corner where the three maps overlap.

The questions came out of walks — from El Paso Service Processing Center (ICE Detention) to the Bus Route 50 stop, outside USPS on Boeing Ave. On sandstorm nights, the walk was lean and grimace, spit and hack. The wide stretches required it; long blocks zoned postwar. Required wait, corners of dust lots labelled “Property of US Government,” under the airport watch tower and the Super Guppy’s tarmac gleam.