Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Michael Davidson: 'Cleavings: Critical Losses in the Politics of Gain'

[Reposted from Disability Studies QuarterlyVol 36, No 2 (2016), where all sources are cited with pertinent footnotes. In the present version, however, I would like to stress the fusion of critical and personal voices by Michael Davidson, himself a pioneer in literature-based disability studies and a poet and essayist of considerable accomplishment. A major essay of his on “the poetics of disability” in the work of Larry Eigner can be found here and on Poems and Poetics. It also forms a chapter in his book Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body, University of Michigan Press, 2008. (J.R.)]

[Reposted from Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol 36, No 2 (2016), where all sources are cited with pertinent footnotes. In the present version, however, I would like to stress the fusion of critical and personal voices by Michael Davidson, himself a pioneer in literature-based disability studies and a poet and essayist of considerable accomplishment.

Irakli Qolbaia: Three new poems in English, with a note on poetics by the author

Irakli Qolbaia: Three new poems in English

In dream I was writing, but writing a real book (for I believe there are real books, the books behind books, that deepest in the roots of our books of which only shadow casts itself on the ground once we put up the copy we create or rip off it to stand like a tree), this real book, in that dream, was written in this manner:

[An important poet, writer, and translator in his native Georgian, Irakli Qolbaia is in a line of modern and postmodern poets who have used English or other foreign languages as additional and particularized mediums for poetry. There is more to be said about this, but Qolbaia’s poems and notes presented here are a new start in that direction, for which we should be duly grateful. (j.r.)]

 

Jerome Rothenberg: Five Translations/Versions of 'Poland/1931,' 'The Wedding'

Five Translations/Versions of 'Poland/1931'

Photo-collage for 'Poland/1931' by Eleanor Antin.

The opening poem of Poland/1931 has been translated into a number of languages, some of which I’ve been able to read or perform in during various travels. The availability of Poems and Poetics gives me a chance to bring a few of these translations together — in the present instance, from Spanish, from French, from German, and most particularly from Yiddish. Others — from Polish, Swedish, Chinese, and Dutch — may follow in the near future. Performances in English and Yiddish can be found on PennSound. (J.R.)

[The opening poem of Poland/1931 has been translated into a number of languages, some of which I’ve been able to read or perform in during various travels. The availability of Poems and Poetics gives me a chance to bring a few of these translations together — in the present instance, from Spanish, from French, from German, and most particularly from Yiddish. Others — from Polish, Swedish, Chinese, and Dutch — may follow in the near future.

Susan Suntree: from 'Sacred Sites, The Secret History of Southern California' with a foreword by Gary Snyder

Susan Suntree: from 'Sacred Sites'

Suntree’s many years of writing, performing, and activism inform her work. So it is in part her cumulative wisdom and insight that makes this book so strong. Here we have a model for a much larger project: indigenous and Western poets and scientists swapping stories, singing their best songs around the same fire, working hard to keep the world in balance. That is going to take every song we’ve got.

Book Two: The Origins of Southern California: Indigenous Myths and Songs

Part 1: Universe, World, People

 

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