Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Habib Tengour: Maghrebian Surrealism [Essay & Manifesto]

Translation from French by Pierre Joris

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

Alvaro Estrada & Henry Munn: Shamanistic songs of Román Estrada

[Henry Munn, c. 2010]
[Henry Munn, c. 2010]

Recording and translation from Mazatec into Spanish by Alvaro Estrada
Translation into English by Henry Munn

Jerome Rothenberg: On the achievement of David Meltzer, a preface & a memorial

[The word of David Meltzer’s death came to us the morning after & on the threshold of a new & dangerous year in which his friendship & kindly spirit will be greatly missed by the many of us who drew from & treasured his grace of mind & the life of poetry that surrounds it. In the immediate aftermath I thought to reprint the preface I was privileged to write for his selected poems (David’s Copy, Penguin Poets, 2005) & the short poem, composed by gematria, that follows.

Anne Tardos: My work with Jackson Mac Low, from 'Lines–Letters–Words,' at The Drawing Center

In celebration of an unprecedented exhibit of visual & performance work by Jackson Mac Low, January 19 to March 20 at the Drawing Center in New York, I’m posting Anne Tardos’s introduction to the richly illustrated catalogue along with the Center’s official announcement of the show. Tardos, along with her own impressive workings as an artist & poet, was for many years Mac Low’s companion & principal collaborator, so that her testament in the present instance is of more than passing interest. Mac Low was of course the foremost experimental poet of his time.

[In celebration of an unprecedented exhibit of visual & performance work by Jackson Mac Low, January 19 to March 20 at the Drawing Center in New York, I’m posting Anne Tardos’s introduction to the richly illustrated catalogue along with the Center’s official announcement of the show. Tardos, along with her own impressive workings as an artist & poet, was for many years Mac Low’s companion & principal collaborator, so that her testament in the present instance is of more than passing interest.

Jerome Rothenberg: From 'Four Books' (in progress): 'A Book of Gods'

[What follows as a kind of Christmas gift is a work I prepared for a conference on “God and Grace” in London sponsored by Cambridge and Notre Dame Universities and that I later presented at this year’s meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies in San Diego.