A Book of Witness: Spells & Gris-Gris


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.3 X 7.96 X 0.36 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Jerome Rothenberg is the author of over seventy books of poetry including acclaimed volumes such as Poland/1931, Khurbn, and The Lorca Variations (all from New Directions). Describing his poetry career as "an ongoing attempt to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the present," he has also edited ten major anthologies, including Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and Poems for the Millennium (three volumes, co-edited with Pierre Joris and Jeffrey C. Robinson). His poetry has been translated extensively into French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Polish, Japanese, Lithuanian, Chinese, and Finnish. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and was awarded an American Book Award, two PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards and two PEN Center USA West Translation Awards, among other honors. He was elected to the World Academy of Poetry in 2001. His books available from SPD include GEMATRIA COMPLETE, THREE POEMS AFTER IMAGES BY NANCY TOBIN, CHINA NOTES & THE TREASURES OF DUNHUANG, 25 CAPRICHOS AFTER GOYA, and A BOOK OF CONCEALMENTS.


"One of the things I find so striking in A Book of Witness is the resurgence, and I do mean surge, of the !, the acute ego-instrument that perceives, litmuses the world. How dissed and dismissed this tool has been in recent years, and how precisely Rothenberg deploys it now, forcing us to realize that witness happens in/to someone. This is something we've been struggling with for years, to keep the tool keen without dulling by biography, confession, concern. To invent the self anew each time is also, in a way of speaking, a witness. (Though I say that softly, so as not to weaken the force of witness.)"