Wednesday, July 26
6PM – 7:30 PM
4th floor linkway, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne
Free, although bookings are essential
A reading and talk by poet, translator, radical anthologist, professor, and anthropologist Jerome Rothenberg.
Since his first work of translation was published in 1959 by Ferlinghetti’s City Lights press, Rothenberg has had a boundary-pushing career in poetry and experimental translation. His anthologies ‘Technicians of the Sacred’ and ‘Shaking the Pumpkin’ are the audacious cornerstones of the ethnopoetics movement, and his ‘Poems for the Millenium’ series proposes a completely new approach to the literary canon.
Despite a vast publishing track record spanning fifty years, Rothenberg remains an outsider figure in mainstream poetry and poetics. This visit to Melbourne is Rothenberg’s first: a rare chance to encounter the grandfather of ethnopoetics in the real.