Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg Rissman: 'Poems for the Millennium, volume 5': the 'Table of Contents' (part one)

Adolf Wölfli, Campbell’s Tomato Soup, 1923
Adolf Wölfli, Campbell’s Tomato Soup, 1923

[The book itself – Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present – has been announced for March publication by Black Widow Press.  What follows is the first half of the table of contents. The rest appear here.]




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(ca. 13,000 B.C.)

Figures in the Dark: The Dancer at Trois Frères


(Egyptian, Pyramid Texts, 2400-2300 B.C.)

The Dead King Hunts & Eats the Gods

(Hebrew, 10th Century B.C.)

from The First Book of Samuel


Kassandra (between 1200 & 800 B.C.) per Aiskhylos [Aeschylus] (525 B.C. – 456 B.C.)

Kassandra’s Cry


Ezekiel The Prophet (Hebrew, fl. 590 B.C.)

The Vision of the Chariot


Empedocles Of Akragas (Greek, ca. 490-430 B.C.)

On Nature: Fragments 1-10


(Pali, 1st Century B.C.)

from Theragāthā and Therīgāthā


John Of Patmos (Greek, 1st Century A.D.)

from The Book of Revelation


(Coptic, ca. 2nd /3rd Century A.D.)

from The Gospel of Judas


(Coptic, before 350 A.D.)

from The Thunder, Perfect Mind

Ibn Tarafah (Arabic, 543-569 A.D.)

A Hanging Ode


(Soninke, Africa, 4th -12th Century A.D.)

Gassire’s Lute


Amirgen White Knee (Old Irish, 7th Century A.D.)

The Cauldron of Poesy


Caedmon (Old English, 7th Century A.D.)

Poem & Vision


Han-Shan (China, 9th Century A.D.)

from The Cold Mountain Poems

Husayn Ibn Mansur al-Hallaj (Persian, 10th Century A.D.)

from The Diwan

Hildegard Of Bingen (Germany/Latin, 1098-1179)

from Scivias: Part One, Vision 3, the Cosmic Egg

Dante Alighieri (Italian, 1265-1321)

Inferno, Canto IV: A Paradise of Poets


Ikkyū (Japanese, 1394-1481)

Poem with Skeletons


Drukpa Kunley (Tibetan/Bhutanese, 1455-1529)

The Sutra of Sex


Kabir (Hindi, 1440–1518)

Six Bhakti Poems


Michel De Nostredame [Nostradamus] (French, 1503–1566)

from The Prophecies


Thomas Rawlin (England/Latin, fl. 1611)

An Alchemical Poem: A Magicall Ænigma


Abiezer Coppe (English, 1619–1672)

from A Fiery Flying Roule and A Second Fiery Flying Roule


Jacob Frank (Polish, Yiddish, 1726-1791)

from The Words of the Lord


(Mayan, ca. 17th Century)

Incantation for Jaguar Macaw Madness, for the Desire this Madness Brings


Karawe (Siberia/Chuckchee, fl. ca. 1896)

Things Seen by the Shaman Karawe


(English, 16th /17th Century)

Tom O’ Bedlam Songs


Christopher Smart (English, 1722-1771)

from Jubilate Agno (Rejoice in the Lamb)


Joanna Southcott (English, 1750-1814)

At the Time the Horror of the Devil Was upon Me, I Felt I Could Not Bear My Existence : Therefore I Desired Mrs. Underwood to Take Away Every Knife Out of The Room …


William Blake (English, 1757-1827)

from The Marriage of Heaven & Hell


Friederich Hölderlin (German, 1770-1843)

Palimpsest: from Mnemosyne


Emily Dickinson (American, 1830-1886)

Much Madness is Divinest Sense, & Other Poems


Friedrich Nietzsche (German, 1844-1900)

from The Madness Letters, Signed The Crucified


Arthur Rimbaud (French, 1854-1891)



Adolf Wölfli (Swiss/German, 1864-1930)

Three from Adolf Wölfli


Aloïse Corbaz (Swiss/French, 1886-1964)

Texts from a Sketchbook: The Theater of the Universe


Antonin Artaud (French, 1896-1948)

from Interjections


María Sabina (Mexico/Mazatec, 1888-1985)

from The Mushroom Velada





Antoine ó Reachtabhra [Blind Raftery] (Irish/Gaelic, 1784-1835)

I Am Raifteiri


(Pali, 1st Century B.C.)

Uppalavanna Sutta: Sister Uppalavanna


William Langland (Middle English, ca. 1330 – ca. 1400)

from Piers Plowman: “I Am Imaginative” he said


Mirabai (Rajasthani/Hindi, ca. 1498 – ca. 1557)

Three Songs


Gwerful Mechain (Welsh, fl. 1462-1500)

Ode to the Pubic Hair


Francois Villon (French, ca. 1431 - after 5 January 1463)

The Ballad of Villon & Fat Madge and L’épitaphe Villon: Ballade des Pendus


(English, 17th Century)

The Maunder’s Praise of His Strowling Mort: A Canting Song


John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (English, 1647-1680)

A Ramble in St. James’s Park


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico/Spanish, 1651-1695)

Two Dialect Poems

Giuseppe Belli (Italy/Romanesco, 1791-1863)

Six Roman Sonnets: for the Pope

(French, 18th Century)

Qu'une Bâtarde De Catin: Underground Verses from 18th-Century France


Kobayashi Issa (Japanese, 1763-1827)

Fourteen Haiku


Ernest Jones (English, 1819-1869)

Song of the Low


(English, traditional)

Songs of Experience & Desperation, from The Real Mother Goose


Joe Hill (American, 1879-1915)

The Preacher & The Slave


(French, May 1968)

May 1968 Graffiti


Steve McCaffery (Canada/West Riding of Yorkshire dialect, 1947-)

The Kommunist Manifesto or Wot We Wukkerz Want


(English, 2011)

from Tweets from Engels a Poem


Johnny Cassidy (Irish, 20th Century)

Irish Traveller Narratives & Poems


(Chinese, 20th Century)

Eleven Pai-Hua (Colloquial) Poems


(Chinese, 1910-1940)

Angel Island Poems


(Morocco/Berber, traditional)

The Song of the Azria


(Andaluz Gypsy/Spanish, 20th century)

Deep Song


Ned Kelly (Australian Irish, 1854/5-1880)

from The Jerilderie Letter 10 February 1879


Arthur Flegenheimer [“Dutch Schultz”] (American, 1902-1935)

from The Last Words of Dutch Schultz


Jacob Carpenter (American, 1833-1920)

from Deaths on Three-Mile Creek 1841-1915


(English, 20th Century)

The Death of Mickey Thump, a Funeral


Charles Reznikoff (American, 1894-1976)

from Testimony – The United States (1885 - 1915) Recitative


Jean Genet (French, 1910-1986)

from Our Lady of the Flowers


Binoy Majumdar (Bengali, 1934-2006)

Six Poems from Phire Eso Chaka (Come Back, O Wheel)


Ahmed Taraoui (Algeria/French, ca. 1940- )

from The Ahmed Fragments


Harry Smith (American, 1923-1991)

from American Folk Music: A Collage


(Chile/Argentina, contemporary)

Three Mapuche Poets


Taller Leñateros Workshop (Mexico/Tzotzil Maya, contemporary)

from Incantations: Songs, Spells and Images by Mayan Women


Essie Pinola Parrish (California/Kashaya Pomo, 1902-1979)

Essie Parrish in New York


Ko Un (Korean, 1933-)

from Maninbo (Ten Thousand Lives)


Shmuel Marvil (Poland/Yiddish, 1906-1943)

Poetry in Hell