UCR Librarians Present “Eye of Witness” Poetry Reading May 14

Jerome Rothenberg and collaborator John Bloomberg-Rissman to read selected works

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Internationally known poet Jerome Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman will read selections from their work in a May 14 event at the University of California, Riverside, with introductions by California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

The poetry reading, “Eye of Witness,” is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in the Orbach Science Library, Room 240. It is free and open to the public. Visitors may park in Lot 13.

The event is part of an ongoing and longtime series of poetry readings sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Riverside.

Rothenberg has significantly influenced contemporary poetry for a half-century and was a founder of the ethnopoetics movement. He has published more than 80 books of poetry and 12 assemblages of traditional avant-garde poetry.

“In the mid-’60s Jerome Rothenberg revolutionized the notion of poetry, of what an anthology can muster between the cover and the back page, and what a deep-ferocious, spirited, duende-doused translation can really say when you let it loose,” Herrera said. “He is one of the great literary experimenters of our time. Regarding the crossing between indigenous vocalities, writing culture and power, Jerome anticipated the paradigm-shifts in cultural anthropology and literary, hybrid, borderland poetics by decades. Rothenberg connects life to life.”

Rothenberg’s most recent big book is “Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader,” co-edited with Heriberto Yépez. He is working with Bloomberg-Rissman on a global and historical anthology of “outside and subterranean poetry.” Rothenberg’s blog is at: http://poemsandpoetics.blogspot.com/

Bloomberg-Rissman has about a year and a half to go on “In the House of the Hangman,” the third section of his “Zeitgeist Spam” project. The first two volumes have been published: “No Sounds of My Own Making” (Leafe Press, 2007), and “Flux, Clot & Froth” (Meritage Press, 2010). The anthology he is editing with Rothenberg, titled “Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Anthology of Outside & Subterranean Poetry,” is due out from Black Widow Press in fall 2014. Bloomberg-Rissman blogs at http://www.johnbr.com  (Zeitgeist Spam).

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