"A collection of sundry prose writings by a significant poet of the postwar generation, as selected by the poet, this volume is a valuable contribution to the literature. Poets' reputations, especially in a crowded contemporary field, often depend on their associations with movements that come to be seen as significant. It is too early to guess whether Rothenberg's gestures of self-definition will provide critics and readers with an argument for his importance. At this stage, 'deep image' poetry (with its Jungian assumptions) and 'ethnopoetics' (which seeks to find the poetic styles appropriate for a given geographical and cultural location) may seem out of key with intellectual fashion. Rothenberg is apparently aware of this, but his philosophical convictions remain strong. Possibly best known at this point for his work on anthologies, Rothenberg includes the preface to his enormous, multivolume Poems for the Millennium, which he coedited with Pierre Joris (1995-2009), and a large selection of commentaries on contemporaries (and some classic figures like Picasso). The diversity of the volume serves to underscore the clarity of Rothenberg's vision, amounting to a useful portrait of an admirable postmodern poet. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty."
"The significance of Jerome Rothenberg's animating spirit looms larger every year. . . . [He] is the ultimate 'hyphenated' poet: critic-anthropologist-editor-anthologist-performer-teacher-translator, to each of which he brings an unbridled exuberance and an innovator's insistence on transforming a given state of affairs."