Mohammed al-Ajami, (Poem from a Prison Cell). Translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Katrien Vanpee. On Pen America, June 5, 2014.
Ray Bremser, Poems of Madness. Introduction by Allen Ginsberg. At Cuneiform Press (June 2014—PDF).
Aloïse Corbaz, excerpts of texts embedded in a 1941 sketchbook. Transcribed by Jacqueline Porret-Forel. On UBUWEB.
Debbie Hu, The Hate Nipple. On Everyday Genius, July 13, 2012.
Joyce Mansour, Four Poems. Translated from the French by Gaelle Raphael. On Jadaliyya.
Wong May, Postscript. In Chicago Review, Issue 58:01 (Summer 2013).
Luna Miguel, Mermaid’s Reef. Translated from the Spanish by Luis Silva. In Adult (Bedtime Stories), June 20, 2014.
Christopher Rey Pérez, from “the mexican”. on smoking glue gun, June 4, 2014.
Kit Schluter, Notebooks (January 17-22). At Inpatient Press, February 6, 2014.
Jackie Wang, Alien Daughters Walk Into The Sun (including I Found My Soul At The Bottom of the Pool). In The Brooklyn Rail, November 2013.
[photo: Aloïse Corbaz à l’asile de La Rosière, Gimel, 1963]2 notes link >
Matthew Henriksen, Five Poems. In The Brooklyn Rail, May 2014.
Rita Indiana Hernández, Two Poems. Translated from the Spanish by Manuel Arturo Abreu. On Metazen, April 2014.
Sasha Klupchak, The Animals & Bones. On Imperial Matters.
Carrie Lorig, It Can’t Be Love/But It Must Be Love. In TYPO 19.
Aditi Machado, The Jesus Men. On LIES/ISLE, Issue Seven.
Ketty Nivyabandi, Two Poems. Translated from the French by David Shook. In World Literature Today, March 2014.
Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Four Poems. Translated from the Spanish by Cole Heinowitz. In the Poetry Society of America’s In Their Own Words Series:
Rosemary Tonks, Addiction to an Old Mattress. At The Guardian, May 30, 2014; from Tonks’ second poetry collection, Iliad of Broken Sentences (1967)
Jackie Wang, A Stain on Silence. On DIAGRAM, 12.1
[photo: Rosemary Tonks in 1969]1 note link >
THE SOFAS, FOGS, AND CINEMAS
by ROSEMARY TONKS (1928-2014)
I have lived it, and lived it,
My nervous, luxury civilization,
My sugar-loving nerves have battered me to pieces.
… Their idea of literature is hopeless.
Make them drink their own poetry!
Let them eat their gross novel, full of mud.
It’s quiet; just the fresh, chilly weather … and he
Gets up from his dead bedroom, and comes in here
And digs himself into the sofa.
He stays there up to two hours in the hole—and talks
—Straight into the large subjects, he faces up to everything
It’s … … damnably depressing.
(That great lavatory coat … the cigarillo burning
In the little dish … And when he calls out: “Ha!”
Madness!—you no longer possess your own furniture.)
On my bad days (and I’m being broken
At this very moment) I speak of my ambitions … and he
Becomes intensely gloomy, with the look of something jugged,
Morose, sour, mouldering away, with lockjaw … .
I grow coarser; and more modern (I, who am driven mad
By my ideas; who go nowhere;
Who dare not leave my frontdoor, lest an idea …)
All right. I admit everything, everything!
Oh yes, the opera (Ah, but the cinema)
He particularly enjoys it, enjoys it horribly, when someone’s ill
At the last minute; and they specially fly in
A new, gigantic, Dutch soprano. He wants to help her
With her arias. Old goat! Blasphemer!
He wants to help her with her arias!
No, I … go to the cinema,
I particularly like it when the fog is thick, the street
Is like a hole in an old coat, and the light is brown as laudanum.
… the fogs! the fogs! The cinemas
Where the criminal shadow-literature flickers over our faces,
The screen is spread out like a thundercloud—that bangs
And splashes you with acid … or lies derelict,
with lighted waters in it,
And in the silence, drips and crackles—taciturn, luxurious.
… The drugged and battered Philistines
Are all around you in the auditorium …
And he … is somewhere else, in his dead bedroom clothes,
He wants to make me think his thoughts
And they will be enormous, dull—(just the sort
To keep away from).
… when I see that cigarillo, when I see it … smoking
And he wants to face the international situation …
Lunatic rages! Blackness! Suffocation!
—All this sitting about in cafés to calm down
Simply wears me out. And their idea of literature!
The idiotic cut of the stanzas; the novels, full up, gross.
I have lived it, and I know too much.
My café-nerves are breaking me
With black, exhausting information.
Alice Notley, When You Arrived. On Kenyon Review Online, Fall 2009.
Roberto Harrison, mandan (they send). In Fascicle #2.
Kim Hyesoon, God’s Obsession Regarding Cross-Stitch and Lace 1. Translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi. On Paragraphiti, April 2014.
Purdey Kreiden, Lamp. In Lana Turner, Issue 5.
Jane Lewty, Six Poems. In Propeller, August 2013.
Catherine Mavrikakis, from Flowers of Spit. Translated from the French by Nathanaël. On ambos: Quebec literature in translation
Junzaburō Nishiwaki, Sound. Translated from the Japanese by Hosea Hirata. In Fascicle #1.
Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Already Far from the Road. Translated from the Spanish by Cole Heinowitz. On Jerome Rothenberg’s Poems and Poetics, July 8, 2013.
Kit Schluter, Along a highway, at night. In NewportRI.com, April 4, 2014.
Abraham Smith, [IN THE OLD DAYS the bears were]. In Heir Apparent #22, April 2014.
[Photo: Alice Notley, 1989* / Poetry Project Photo Archive]
[*thanks, Cassandra Gillig]4 notes link >
Caren Beilin & Jacob Kahn, Flexu. In DREGINALD, Issue Two.
Dodie Bellamy, Cunt Blake. In Maggy, Issue 5, February 2014.
Thom Donovan, Impassed (for Beth Murray). In Maggy, Issue 5, February 2014.
Henri Michaux & Roberto Matta, from Watchtowers on Targets. Translated from the French, with an introduction, by Gillian Conoley. In Heir Apparent #21 (The Volta), March 2014.
Ye Mimi, Three Poems. Translated from the Chinese by Steve Bradbury. In Asymptote Journal, July 2012.
Leopoldo María Panero, Five Poems. Translated from the Spanish by Arturo Mantecón. On Mobile Reviews (Tumblr), March 6, 2014.
Christopher Rey Pérez, Snails & Angel Trench (Exhibition). In Better, Issue Three.
Lynn Xu, Color of the Mediterranean. On Poor Claudia’s 10 Sources, February 2014.
Moikom Zeqo, Zodiac (1). Translated from the Albanian by Anastas Kapurani and Wayne Miller. On Omniverse, April 2014.
Serhiy Zhadan, LUKOIL. Translated from the Ukrainian by Virlana Tkacz & Wanda Phipps. On Poetry International Web, 2011.
[photo: Roberto Matta, Archivo El Mercurio]3 notes link >
links to recent writings and translations
Arash Allahverdi, Shitkilling. Translated from the Farsi by Alireza Taheri Araghi and Thade Correa. In Asymptote, January 2014.
Oscarine Bosquet, I Don’t Remember. Translated from the French by Sarah Riggs and Ellen LeBlond-Schrader. On Poetry International.
Marcelo Morales Cintero, excerpts from The World as Presence. Translated from Spanish by Kristin Dykstra. On Circumference, February 13, 2014.
Kim Hyesoon, from I’m OK, I’m Pig. Translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi. In Lantern Review Issue 6. Including an artist statement and process notes by Don Mee Choi.
Vassily Kandinsky, Five Poems. Translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale. In Eleven Eleven, Issue 16.
Purdey Lord Kreiden, Two Poems. In Smoking Glue Gun #9, February 25, 2014.
Fred Moten, Six Poems. In PEN America’s PEN Poetry Series, June 12, 2013. Introduced by Maggie Nelson.
Robert Snyderman, Boon. On Phenome (Poor Claudia), February 2014.
Natalia Toledo, Two Poems. Translated from the Zapotec into Spanish by Toledo. Translated from the Spanish into English by Clare Sullivan. In World Literature Today, January 2011.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson, A Song Called Shudder (from Shimoda’s Tavern). In PEN America’s PEN Poetry Series, December 25, 2013. Introduced by C.D. Wright.
painting: Kandinsky, Composition V, 1911link >
links to recent audio, video, and writings
Joseph Bradshaw, David Wojnarowicz at the Movies. In Elderly 2, February 2014.
Phil Cordelli, Acer platanoides (Norway Maple). From a reading at Counterpath, Denver, CO, January 31, 2014. The poem begins at 10:44.
Dot Devota, Gene (w/Karen McAlister Shimoda). The Nova Scotia Recordings, November 2013.
Renée Gagnon, En campagne 1-5. Radio Grenouille, Marseilles, France, August 2011.
Cassandra Gillig, the felt the body understood. From Cassandra Gillig’s Sex Beach, on Black Cake Records. January 2014.
Matthew Henriksen, I Don’t Get Home Much Anymore. On HTMLGIANT/Sunday Service, January 2014.
Purdey Kreiden, Four Poems. In The Claudius App V.
Wong May, Five Poems. In Octopus Magazine 16.
Rochelle Owens, from Hermaphropoetics (Desire, Amorous, Blood, Longing). on Jerome Rothenberg’s Poems and Poetics.
Rene Ricard, Then love takes us to faraway places. At Exhibition A.
photo: Rene Ricard; still from Becky Johnston’s Sleepless Nights
links to recent writings and/or translations
Anselm Berrigan, from Primitive State. In Paperbag 6.
C. Violet Eaton, Four Poems. In Yalobusha Review 19.
Christine Shan Shan Hou, Three Poems. On Lemon Hound, December 22, 2013.
Lauren Levin, from The Lens. In Lana Turner 6.
Wong May, Buying Camels in Dresden. In Poetry, November 2013.
Ramón Palomares, The Combatant Kingdom. Translated from the Spanish by Guillermo Parra. On Venepoetics.
Christopher Rey Pérez, Five Poems. In The Brooklyn Rail, December 2013-January 2014.
Pierre Peuchmaurd, Five Poems. Translated from the French by E.C. Belli. In Circumference.
Alejandra Pizarnik, Cornerstone. Translated from the Spanish by Yvette Siegert. In Guernica, April 15, 2013.
photo: Alejandra Pizarnik1 note link >
ANCIENTS Issue # Zero.Four is composed entirely of links to the previously published writings and/or translations of forty-four poets and/or translators, and in gratitude to the original venues for introducing this work. (SEE ALSO: Ancients Zero, Zero.Two (Japan), and Zero.Three; the first PRINT issue of Ancients (August 2013) is SOLD OUT).
Anne Boyer, MONEY CITY SICK AS FUCK. On MONEY CITY SICK AS FUCK Tumblr, July 2012
Joseph Bradshaw, The New York School. On Elective Affinities, February 21, 2013
Don Mee Choi, Hydrangea Agenda. In Guernica, June 17, 2013
Cody-Rose Clevidence, Two Poems. PEN American Poetry Series, July 17, 2013; introduced by Maggie Nelson
Phil Cordelli, from Fort Da. On Heir Apparent (The Volta), Issue #11, May 2013
Leopoldine Core, Three Poems. On The Drunken Boat, Spring/Summer 2012
Michel Deguy, Object Complements (December) and other poems. Translated from the French by Wilson Baldridge. In Electronic Poetry Review #7, June 2005
Dot Devota, from The Division of Labor. In Esque 3
Thom Donovan, Death Is My Gift. On Wild Horses of Fire, October 11, 2013
Celia Dropkin, poems from In Her White Wake: The Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin. Translated from the Yiddish by Faith Jones, Jennifer Kronovet, and Samuel Solomon. On Jerome Rothenberg’s Poems and Poetics, May 13, 2012
Drew Gardner, On Fire. In The Claudius App V, 2013
Matthew Henriksen, Therapy Poem. On The Cultural Society, August 24, 2013
Vicente Huidobro, sky tremor. Translated from the Spanish by Tony Frazer. In Fascicle Issue Three, Winter 2006-2007
Hiromi Ito, from Wild Grass on the Riverbank. Part Two is here. Translated from the Japanese by Jeffrey Angles. In The Asian American Literary Review, Fall/Winter 2012; on Discover Nikkei, August 5, 2012
Miguel James, Four Poems. Translated from the Spanish by Anne Boyer and Guillermo Parra. In TYPO 18
Jared Joseph, Two Poems. In trnsfr, Volume 1, Issue 4
Mohammed Khair-Eddine, Four Poems. Translated from the French by Gaelle Raphael. In Jadaliyya, November 2011
Youna Kwak, Tears. On Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, May 2008. Introduced by Linh Dinh
Jessica Laser, Five Poems. In Boston Review, August 2013. Introduced by Mark Levine
Frank Lima, Oda Negra. On Guillermo Parra’s Facebook Page, October 2013
Kristina Lugn, [Those green Huldra]. Translated from the Swedish by Elizabeth Clark Wessel. On Guernica, April 15, 2012
Wong May, Four Poems. PEN American Poetry Series, April 24, 2013; introduced by C.D. Wright
Caitie Moore, Trans Manifesto. On Ink Node, April 24, 2009
Marcelo Morales, Excerpts from The Visionary Circle. Translated from the Spanish by Kristin Dykstra. In InTranslation (The Brooklyn Rail), June 2013
Amanda Nadelberg, Mont America. In jubilat 22
Sophie Podolski, from The country where everything is permitted. Translated from the French by Paul Legault. In Esque 3
Hirato Renkichi, Manifesto of the Japanese Futurist Movement (1921). Translated from the Japanese by Issue 13 (Futures), Spring 2004
Michael Thomas Taren, from Thousand And One Night (2012). In Propeller, Summer 2012
Lynn Xu, Three Poems. In Octopus Magazine, Issue 12; introduced by Katie Peterson
Karena Youtz, from The R.D. Book. On Heir Apparent (The Volta), Issue #6, December 2012
Pervertry by Joseph Bradshaw (2013). From PAUL THEK IS MY FATHER7 notes link >
ANCIENTS, a lo-fidelity production of 100 photocopied & stapled pages featuring drawings, film stills, poems, pressed plants, prose, schematics, screen shots, translations, and travel notes by Lynn Xu, Chus Pato, Erín Moure, Phil Cordelli, Laura Solomon, Bhanu Kapil, Karena Youtz, Leopoldine Core, Matthew Henriksen, Brenda Iijima, Dot Devota, Corina Copp, Unica Zürn, Yanara Friedland, Louisiana Lightsey, Akira Kurosawa, Michael Earl Craig, Lucas de Lima, Sandra Doller, Sophie Podolski, Joseph Kaplan, Paul Legault, Gillian Conoley, Henri Michaux, & John Niekrasz. Very limited edition. $10. SOLD OUT. Ancients is a reproduction of a stack of paper assembled, in part, as a descendant of MUTHAFUCKA, an irregular, location-less journal of the arts. See about MF1 and MF2.
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