Jacket 12 — October 2000 — Contents page
Paul Blackburn, Jorge Carerra Andrade, Kenneth Patchen
Photo of Paul Blackburn
courtesy Joan Miller-Cohn
Paul Blackburn — poem — Statement (1954)
Robert Creeley — Preface to Against the Silences
Mark Weiss — "Zefiro Torna" — for Paul Blackburn — and an afterword
Laurie Duggan — "Mister P.B." — on Paul Blackburn
Allen Brafman — Paul Blackburn — A Few Words
Michael Heller — For Paul Blackburn
Bob Holman — Just A Moment: Paul Blackburn and the Fragmentation of the New American Poetry
Martha King — Reading Paul Blackburn
Basil King — painting of Joan and Paul Blackburn
Jackson Mac Low — three poems for Paul Blackburn
Jerome Rothenberg — a note on Paul Blackburn
Jerome Rothenberg — four poems
Armand Schwerner — poem — letter to Paul Blackburn . . .
Carl Thayler — Remembering Paul Blackburn
Reviews and Articles
Esther Williams — Pagan Love Song poster
Poetry Criticism: What Is It For? (March 15th, 2000, New York City) — moderated by poet Susan Wheeler, the panel engaged critics Stephen Burt, Marjorie Perloff, Michael Scharf and Helen Vendler in a provocative discussion of poetry criticism today. Burt’s and Scharf’s papers were published in Jacket 11; the others are published here, with some audience discussion.
Paul Quinn on Language poetry — " . . .puns and jokes . . . appropriate for a poet who . . . boasts of working under the influence of the three Marxes — Chico, Groucho and Karl — and the four Williamses — Raymond, William Carlos, Tennessee and Esther."
David Hess — No Surprises: On Barrett Watten (50 pages)
Kristin Prevallet — The Exquisite Extremes of Poetry (Watten and Baraka)
Nate Dorward on three books about Roy Fisher — Interviews through Time and Selected Prose, Roy Fisher. News for the Ear: A Homage to Roy Fisher. Ed. Peter Robinson and Robert Sheppard, and The Thing about Roy Fisher: Critical Studies Ed. John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson.
Cassandra Pybus — The CIA as Culture Vultures — on the funding of Quadrant magazine — "Josselson was not happy with the make-up of the Australian committee since the CIA strategy was to court intellectuals of the non-communist left, not fund a bunch of zealous anti-communists. . . . Krygier chose James McAuley as editor. He was not an obvious choice for editor of a literary journal, since he was viewed by many in the literary world as a mediocre poet and a Catholic fanatic. This chorus of concern did not bother Krygier. He had no interest in poetry or religion: it was McAuley’s passionate anti-communism which really impressed him."
Robert Creeley on Charles Olson (his Preface to Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life, by Tom Clark)
John Miles — Lost Angry Penguins: D.B. Kerr, P.G. Pfeiffer and the real founding of the Angry Penguins
Sister Sites — Rebecca Wolff — The Story of Fence
Drew Milne on Caroline Bergvall
Caroline Bergvall — excerpt from Goan Atom
Tony Baker on Basil Bunting
Stephen Cope on A Wild Salience: The Writing of Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout — four poems
Tom Clark reviews Rachel Loden’s Hotel Imperium
Rachel Loden — eight poems from Hotel Imperium
Ramez Qureshi reviews A Paradise of Poets, by Jerome Rothenberg
Dale Smith reviews Tom Clark’s The Spell
David Kennedy reviews Martin Corless-Smith’s Complete Travels
Jack Kimball — Mad in Craft: Hannah Weiner and Alan Sondheim
Charles Bernstein on Hannah Weiner
Feature — Jorge Carerra Andrade
edited by Steven Ford Brown
Photograph of Jorge Carerra Andrade
courtesy Enrique Qjeda, Boston College
Introduction, by Steven Ford Brown
Twelve Poems — translated by Steven Ford Brown
H.R.Hays — Jorge Carrera Andrade: "Magician of Metaphors" (1943)
John Peale Bishop on Andrade (1946)
Other voices on Andrade — Julian Palley, J. Enrique Qjeda
Jorge Carrera Andrade — ‘The New American and His Point of View toward Poetry’ — trans. by H.R. Hays
Jorge Carrera Andrade — a lecture, Vassar College, 1970
Biographical Sketch and Chronology
Steven Ford Brown — A Partial Bibliography
an interview with Steven Ford Brown, in Jacket 18.
Larry Smith — Kenneth Patchen
Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Patchen backstage at the Living Theatre where Patchen was performing with Charlie Mingus, New York City 1959. Photo copyright © Harry Redl 1959, 2000.
Poetry and Jazz days, 1957–1959
From the book Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America
by Larry Smith
Rob Wilson: From the Sublime to the Devious: Writing the Experimental/ Local Pacific:
— ‘Two Postmodernisms’
— Hawai’i: Becoming Miss Universe?
— More Panic Poetics, As Such
Joe Amato — a response to Rob Wilson
Poems et cetera
The death of Montparnasse…
You think computers ruined poetry — wait till you see what artistic and social ruin the telephone caused:
‘After a day of work, the artists wanted to get away from their studios, and get away from what they were creating. They all met in the cafés to argue about this and that, to discuss their work, politics and philosophy.... We went to the bar of La Coupole. Bob, the barman, was a terrible nice chap... As there was no telephone in those days everybody used him to leave messages. At the Dôme we also had a little place behind the door for messages. The telephone was the death of Montparnasse.
— Jaqueline Goddard, January 1995.
Jacqueline Goddard (b.1911) an icon of bohemian femininity, was part of the Paris artistic scene between the wars, and was photographed by Man Ray in Paris in 1930. The telephone lady above is not Ms Goddard.
— Borrowed (with permission) from the Dead Media Project website, at
http://www.deadmedia.org/modest-proposal.html, editor Bruce Sterling