Next Wednesday June 18th is our next Poetry Ruckus and we will have a featured guest by the name of Jerome Rothenberg. He’s what the kids call ‘kind of a big deal’ in the pantheon of American Poets and Poetry Scholars. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him performing for us at Ducky Waddle’s (414 N Coast Hwy 101)!!! Doors at 7, open poetry from 7:30-9 and our guest at 9 PM.
Jerome’s half century plus career in the world of publishing began with translations of German poetry for the Hudson Review, then the iconic City Lights Books and in 1959 he founded his own Hawk’s Well Press. He has taught at City College of NY, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Albany, SDSU and remains an emeritus professor of visual arts and literature at UCSD. His oeuvre includes 70 books of his own poetry (YES 70!!), his own plays and scores of anthologies, collections and translations spanning Native American, postmodern, dada/avante garde, ancient Jewish poetry and so much more.
We quite liked this quote from Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth, on Jerome’s contributions to poetry: ” Jerome Rothenberg is one of the truly contemporary American poets who has returned U.S. poetry to the mainstream of international modern literature. At the same time, he is a true autochthon. Only here and now could have produced him—a swinging orgy of Martin Buber, Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Stein, and Sitting Bull. No one writing poetry today has dug deeper into the roots of poetry.” (from the poetryfoundation.org).
You can also check out his regularly updated blog.
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