New York: New Directions, 1974. First edition. Hardcover. 152 pp. [21 cm] Octavo. First edition/first printing. Blue cloth boards with black stamped title on the spine. Black and white dust jacket in a mylar cover. Fine/fine. Fine. Item #29570
Jerome Rothenberg is a highly respected and internationally recognized poet, translator, anthologist and performer.
From the inside cover:
Jerome Rothenberg's Poland/1931, a continuating series of ancestral poems, has been appearing in installments over the course of five years, published in limited editions by various small presses. This, the latest volume, brings together the contents of all the earlier books, integrating them with the most recent sections. The author himself describes the work as "an experimental attempt to explore, and recover, ancestral sources in the world of Jewish mystics, thieves, and madmen." Drawing from the kabbala and Hasidic lore, folk custom and historic fact, Rothenberg constructs a free-verse collage that gives voice to the interior journey between the New World and the Old.
Related to his poetry and translations are the innovative anthologies that Rothenberg has edited as part of "an on-going attempt to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the present," including Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia & Oceana (Doubleday) and, with George Quasha, America a Prophecy: A New Reading of American Poetry from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present (Random House). With Dennis Tedlock he edits Alcheringa, a magazine devoted to ethnopoetics.