To begin ...

As the twentieth century fades out
the nineteenth begins
it is as if nothing happened
though those who lived it thought
that everything was happening
enough to name a world for & a time
to hold it in your hand
unlimited.......the last delusion
like the perfect mask of death

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jerome Rothenberg & John Bloomberg Rissman: Poems for the Millennium, volume 5: the Table of Contents (part two)

James Tilly Matthews, The Air-Loom Machine, c. 1810
[What follows is the second half of the table of contents for Barbaric Vast & Wild: A Gathering of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present, which has been announced for March publication by Black Widow Press.  The first half appeared in Poems and Poetics on February 2, & numerous excerpts from the book-in-progress have appeared there also from time to time.  The work as a whole functions de facto as the fifth volume of Poems for the Millennium.]


Gallery Three
A Book Of Extensions 

(Russian, 19th Century)
Bald Mountain Zaum

(American, 19th Century)
Shaker Sound Poem

Hildegard Of Bingen (German, 1098-1179) 
O Orzchis Ecclesia: An Antiphonal Hymn

(Central Europe, 15th/16th Century)
from The Voynich Manuscript

Dwight Mackintosh (American, 1906-1999)
Image and Unknown Script

Adolf Wölfli (Swiss/German, 1864-1930) 
Image and Text

Howard Finster (American, 1915-2001)
“Highway to Heaven” & “Guardian Angel”

Robert Walser (German, 1878-1956)

(Medieval Hebrew)
Masora Calligrams

Naftali Bacharach (Hebrew, 17th Century)
The 10 Sefirot as a Wheel of Light

John Clare (English, 1793-1864)
Untitled Letter (Vowelless Writing)

“Lord” Timothy Dexter (American, 1748-1806)
from A Pickle for the Knowing Ones; or Plain Truths in a Homespun Dress

(2nd Century B.C. – 5th Century A.D.)                                                           
Coptic & Greek Magical Papyri

Nakhman Of Breslov (Ukraine/Yiddish, 1772-1810)
The Burnt Book

Antonin Artaud (French, 1896-1948)
Spell for Roger Blin

Kuo-An Shih-yuan, (Chinese version, 12th Century)  
The Ten Oxherding Pictures

George Herriman (American, 1880-1944)
from Krazy Kat

Ernst Herbeck (Austrian, 1920-1991)
Golden ABCs

(Shona, Zimbabwe, 20th Century)
African Praise Names: The Monkey, The Eland

Mikhl Likht (American/Yiddish, 1893-1953)
from Processions

Hannah Weiner (American, 1928-1997)
from A Clairvoyant Journal

Larry Eigner (American, 1927-1996)
from Air The Trees

Graham Reynolds, J.A. Lindon (English, 20th Century)
Four Palindromes

Lewis Carroll (English, 1832-1898)
10 Syllogisms

Eugene Field (American, 1850-1895)
from The Complete Tribune Primer

Félix Fénéon (French, 1861-1944)
from Faits Divers

(U.K., Contemporary)
from The Library of Unwritten Books

Anonymous (American, 20th Century)
Schizophrenic Definitions

James Tilly Matthews (English, 1770-1815), as transcribed by John Haslam
Air-Loom Machine

Sun Ra [Herman Poole Blount] (American, 1914-1993)
The Wisdom of Ra

Shea Zellweger (American, 1925-)
Objects Toward an Outsider Logic

Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austrian, 1889–1951) 
from Philosophical Investigations

Graham Harman (American, 1968-)
On Vicarious Causation: A Latour Litany

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (2010)
The Voice Of The Dolphin

Gallery Four
A Book Of Performances 

Diogenes Of Sinope (Greek, 412 or 404 B.C.– 323 B.C.)
Six Event Pieces

(England, 1849)
A Christmas Play, Performed by the Derbyshire Mummers

(Quiché Maya, 15th Century A.D.)
Rabinal-Achí, Part Four

Harry Partch (American, 1901–1974)
Barstow: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California

W. [Willis] T. Goodwin (American, 1935-2007)
from Easter Sunrise Sermon, 1971

Gilbert Eastman (American Sign Language, 1934-2006)
Epic: Gallaudet Protest


Armand Schwerner
Tablet VIII

John Bloomberg-Rissman
In The House of the Hangman #1731

Jerome Rothenberg
from A Further Witness, for Anselm Hollo

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