Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

André Breton and Philippe Soupault

From 'The Magnetic Fields,' 'Feelings Are Free'

Soupault and Breton, photo by Man Ray (1925)
Soupault and Breton, photo by Man Ray (1925)

TRANSLATORS NOTE: I first started translating The Magnetic Fields at the request of the young poet Tamás Panitz. He had been going to Gloucester to visit the poet Gerrit Lansing, a dear friend of my husband, the poet Robert Kelly. Gerrit would recommend various poetry books he thought were worth reading to Tamás, and Tamás would faithfully follow his advice. Except in this case: there was no translation available of The Magnetic Fields; the Gascoyne/Atlas edition had gone out of print and was prohibitively expensive. 

Translation from French by Charlotte Mandell





Trace smell of sulfur

Public health swamp

Jerome Rothenberg

For Michael McClure, a memorial and tribute

Written as introduction to a reading 15.iv.2000 at D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla, CA 


Alireza Roshan

Five Poems from 'The Book of Absence' in Persian and English

Alireza Roshan was born in Tehran in 1977, where he worked as a journalist, heading the Books Desk at Iran’s most popular reformist daily newspaper. Around 2008, he began publishing his poetry daily online, on sites such as Google Reader, Google+, and Facebook. In so doing, he gained fame as “a poet without a book,” yet he’d deny claims to being a precursor of Instapoetry. 

Translation from Persian by Erfan Mojib and Gary Gach



اگر می‌گویم


یارم نیامده


When I write


it’s a sign

my beloved has not yet come

Toward a poetry and poetics of the Americas (26)

The White Shaman mural: narrative and vision

Time is written into the White Shaman mural … these murals are texts, analogous to the books once housed in the Library of Alexandria. — Carolyn Boyd, quoted by Eric A. Powell, in Archaeology (November/December 2017)


Lower Pecos River, Texas




Amish Trivedi

'Banryu, Not Banryu'

[N.B. Amish Trivedi has for some time been a close associate at Poems and Poetics, some of his earlier work having appeared in the postings of February 25, 2011October 7, 2012, August 2, 2013, June 16, 2016, and July 5, 2018. He recently received a PhD from Illinois State University with a dissertation titled “A Wing in a Crumbling Mansion: Poetry in the Post-Academy.”]


For Scott Schnell



Sometimes the clouds open for no one:

an image beaming across the morning sky.

A soul lit from two points,

reflecting back a convex god.

Calling to it,

there is only the echo of a valley underneath,