Jerome Rothenberg

Poems and poetics

Anne Tardos

'The Poet,' from 'The Exploding Nothingness of Never Define'

[A preview from Anne Tardos’s latest book of poetry, soon to be published by BlazeVOX Books, and a statement about the dynamics and the nature of “the poet,” and much else.]

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Haroldo de Campos, 'Three poems & an essay toward a poetics'

[The basic book for Haroldo de Campos in English is still Novas: Selected Writings, edited by Antonio Sergio Bessa, Odile Cisneros, and Roland Greene, published by Northwestern University Press in 2007. De Campos and his brother Augusto remain two of the major American/Brazilian poets of the last hundred years, bringing poetry and poetics together.]

Translated by A. S. Bessa

Rochelle Owens: De Chirico's Vendetta (2020)

Giorgio de Chirico — Self portrait — 1922
Giorgio de Chirico — Self portrait — 1922

[NB: Giorgio De Chirico, a pioneer of Surrealism, was greatly admired for his early works; his later paintings from 1945 to 1962 drew the disdain of fickle dealers who influenced collectors. Thus, De Chirico decided to back date the paintings.]

[Since the start of Poems and Poetics in 2008, I have attempted to chronicle the perennially evolving poetry of Rochelle Owens, who remains for many of us one of the most fierce and dynamic practitioners of our art as we move across the millennium boundary to embrace her. (j.r.)]


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Louis Riel, from 'A System of Philosophical Theology,' with commentary

Translated from French by Antoine Malette and Bryan Sentes.


Système philosophico-théologique: If the state of harmony before original sin had endured.


Billie Chernicoff: A Marian Alphabet

[Hers is the extraordinary opening poem in Homage to the Alphabet, an online gathering of poets, published by Metambesen and including individual poems, each using the letters of our or any other alphabet in sequential order. Initiated by master poet Robert Kelly, other contributors include Lila Dunlap, Mikhail Horowitz, Charlotte Mandell, Joel Newberger, Tamas Panitz, Charles Stein, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Maggie Louisa Zavgren.]