Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

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,

Inagaki Taruho

A range of stories from '1001 Second Stories' (1923)

[NB: Inagaki Taruho (1900–1977) was a real modernist dandy who started writing wild, experimental, whimsical stories in the 1920s that blur the boundaries of prose and poetry. Although Taruho did not write what one traditionally thinks about when one imagines “poetry,” his short-short stories are sometimes classified as poetry. His most famous collection is called 1001 Second Stories, which is a collection of funny, little contes that describe the surreal hijinks one might find in the earliest animation that was, not coincidentally, being produced right around the same time. (JA)]

Translation from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles