A Paradise of Poets

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In Rothenberg's hands, the body of the poem is an extraordinarily malleable object. Collage, translation, even visual improvisation serve to open up his latest book to the presence of poets and artists he has known and to others, past and present, who he feels have somehow touched him, among them Nakahara Chuya, Jackson Mac Low, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Federico Garcia Lorca, Kurt Schwitters, and Vitezslav Nezval.
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Overview

In Rothenberg's hands, the body of the poem is an extraordinarily malleable object. Collage, translation, even visual improvisation serve to open up his latest book to the presence of poets and artists he has known and to others, past and present, who he feels have somehow touched him, among them Nakahara Chuya, Jackson Mac Low, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Federico Garcia Lorca, Kurt Schwitters, and Vitezslav Nezval.
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World Literature Today
[A] transformational and personal journey of artistic risk and vitality of language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811214278
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

At Tsukiji Market Tokyo 3
New Improvisation: No. 1: imperial & iron stanzas 8
New Improvisation: No. 2: looking hard can't see his face 8
New Improvisation: No. 3: a man who doesn't look at you 8
New Improvisation: No. 4: first liquid blood 9
New Improvisation: No. 5: the sperm bed slippery 9
New Improvisation: No. 6: a man without a face 10
New Improvisation: No. 7: breaking the passage he spits 10
New Improvisation: No. 8: a paper in the hand 10
New Improvisation: No. 9: like ice the streets shine black 11
Three Paris Elegies 12
A Poem for the Cruel Majority 15
At the Grave of Nakahara Chuya (1907-1937) 18
The Treasures of Dunhuang 23
In the Shadow of the 1000 Buddhas 25
Toji Temple Kyoto 1997 (I) 29
Toji Temple Kyoto 1997 (II) 31
A Walkaround, for Neko 32
First Night Poem, for Jackson Mac Low 36
Autobiography 1997 43
Autobiography 1998 48
Autobiography 3: Picasso's Hundred 57
The Leonardo Project: 10 + 2 73
Four Translations
Night: A Suite for Piano & Poet's Voice, after Federico Garcia Lorca 87
Five Kuwitter Poems, after Kurt Schwitters 91
Diabolo, after Vitezslav Nezval 94
The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, after Pablo Picasso 100
Postface 117
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