Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Jess’s O! : An unknown masterwork (by Jack Foley)

What do W. C. Fields, the Mona Lisa, an upside down Tarot card, and the capitalized phrase, “GOOD NIGHT, PAPA” have in common? Not much, except that they all grace the cover of an almost unknown masterwork by the San Francisco artist, Jess.

Even is come; and from the dark park, hark.

            — O!   

 

What do W. C. Fields, the Mona Lisa, an upside down Tarot card, and the capitalized phrase, “GOOD NIGHT, PAPA” have in common? Not much, except that they all grace the cover of an almost unknown masterwork by the San Francisco artist, Jess.

Technicians of the Sacred: Ethnopoetics and the New Indigenous Poetries (A Talk & Reading in Melbourne)

Coinciding with the publication of an expanded 50th anniversary edition of his anthology Technicians of the Sacred, poet, translator and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg will explore the early history of ethnopoetics.

Ned Kelly: from the Jerilderie Letter, 10 February 1879

[At the start of a month’s visit in Australia I thought it appropriate to repost the following, included also in Barbaric Vast & Wild: Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present. (J.R.)]           

[At the start of a month’s visit in Australia I thought it appropriate to repost the following, included also in Barbaric Vast & Wild: Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present.

Jack Foley: from “Grief Songs” (Sagging Mencius Press, 2017)

Publisher Jacob Smullyan writes:

 

“On June 4th, 2016, poet Jack Foley’s wife, Adelle Foley, who was (as she told her doctor) ‘never sick,’ was diagnosed with stomach cancer; she died on June 27th. They had been married for nearly fifty-five years and were an exceptionally close couple. Adelle was also a poet and, like Jack, had published widely. He wrote about her, ‘How can there be sunlight and you not in it?’

'Literary Environments: Place, Planet and Translation' (Gold Coast, Australia)

The Australian Association for Literature’s annual conference for 2017, Literary Environments: Place, Planet and Translation, will be held at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus on July 17–19, 2017.

The Australian Association for Literature’s annual conference for 2017, Literary Environments: Place, Planet and Translation, will be held at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus on July 17–19, 2017.

 

This year’s conference organizers, Peter Denney and Stuart Cooke, have assembled a stellar line-up of keynotes for the conference: