New York: Bloomsbury, 1986. First edition. Hardcover. 149 pp. [21 cm] Fine book in a fine dust jacket. Bluish green cloth with silver stamped titles on the spine. Black and white pictorial dust jacket. Fine. Item #29593
From the inside cover:
"...one of the most valuable explorations in recent American poetry." -W.S. Merwin
Acclaimed poet and translator, editor of such ground-breaking journals and anthologies as Alcheringa and Technicians of the Sacred, pioneer in the fields of performance poetry an ethnopoetics, Jerome Rothenberg is a literary radical and a major force in American poetry. Gathered here in his New Selected Poems 1970-1985 are pivotal poems from four previous New Directions collections, Poland/1931 (1974), A Seneca Journal (1978), Vienna Blood (1980), and That Dada Strain (1983). Rothenberg describes his new selection as "an attempt to isolate in the work of the last fifteen years (and a little more) the thread of a single long poem or sequence [in which] figures and voices without context in the earlier books...find a location and a shape." Open-ended, explorative, and exuberantly and irreverently epic, the sequence ends with two new and previously uncollected peoms, "15 Flower World Variations" and "Visions of Jesus."