Jerome Rothenberg

Poetry Books

White Sun Black Sun. New York, Hawk's Well Press, 1960.

The Seven Hells of the Jigoku Zoshi. New York, Trobar Books,1962.

Sightings I-IX. New York, Hawk's Well Press, 1964.

The Gorky Poems. Mexico, El Corno Emplumado, 1966.

Between: Poems 1960-1963. London: Fulcrum Press, 1967.

Conversations. Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press, 1968.

Sightings & Red Easy a Color (with prints by Ian Tyson). London, Circle Books, 1968.

Poems 1964-1967. Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press, 1968.

Poland/1931 (first installment). Santa Barbara, Unicorn Press, 1969.

A Book of Testimony. San Francisco, Tree Books, 1971.

Poems for the Game of Silence. New York, Dial Press, 1971; reprinted, New York, New Directions, 1975.

Poems for the Society of the Mystic Animals, with Ian Tyson and Richard Johnny John. London, Tetrad Press / Spot Press, 1972, 1982.

Esther K. Comes to America (with cover by Eleanor Antin, photographs by Laurence Fink). Santa Barbara, Unicorn Press, 1973.

Seneca Journal 1: A Poem of Beavers. Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, Perishable Press, 1973.

Poland/1931 (complete). New York, New Directions, 1974.

The Cards. Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press, 1974.

The Pirke & the Pearl. San Francisco, Tree Books, 1975.

Seneca Journal: Midwinter (box, with objects and collages by the author and Philip Sultz). St. Louis, Singing Bone Press, 1975.

A Poem to Celebrate the Spring & Diane Rothenberg's Birthday. Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, Perishable Press, 1975.

The Notebooks. Milwaukee, Membrane Press, 1976.

Seneca Journal: The Serpent (with painted folders by Philip Sultz). St. Louis, Singing Bone Press, 1978.

A Seneca Journal (complete). New York, New Directions, 1978.

Narratives & Realtheater Pieces (with woodcuts by Ian Tyson). Lot, France, Braad Editions, 1978.

Abulafia's Circles. Milwaukee, Mebrane Press, 1979.

B*R*M*Tz*V*H. Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, Perishable Press, 1979.

Numbers & Letters. Madison, Wisconsin, Salient Seedling Press, 1980.

Vienna Blood. New York, New Directions, 1980.

That Dada Strain. New York, New Directions, 1983.

15 Flower World Variations (with drawings by Harold Cohen). Milwaukee, Membrane Press, 1984.

A Merz Sonata, with Debra Weier. Princeton, New Jersey, Emanon Press & Women's Studio Workshop, 1985.

New Selected Poems 1970-1985. New York, New Directions, 1986.

Khurbn & Other Poems. New York, New Directions, 1989.

Further Sightings & Conversations (with introduction by Michael Palmer). San Francisco, Pennywhistle Press, 1989.

The Lorca Variations (1-8). Tenerife, Spain, Zasterle Press, 1990.

Improvisations, designed & produced by Susan Gosin, with etchings by Warrington Colescott, Dieu Don Press, New York, 1992.

Six Gematria, with prints by Ian Tyson, Tetrad Press, 1992.

The Lorca Variations (complete). New York, New Directions, 1993.

Gematria. Los Angeles, Sun & Moon Press, 1994.

An Oracle for Delfi. Milwaukee, Membrane/Light & Dust Books, 1995.

Pictures of the Crucifixion. New York, Granary Books, 1996.

Seedings & Other Poems. New York, New Directions, 1996.

Delight/Délices & Other Gematria, with drawings by Ian Tyson and French translations by Nicole Peyrafitte, Editions Ottezec, Nimes, 1998.

The Leonardo Project: 10 + 2, visual poems, privately printed, San Diego, 1998.

Paris Elegies & Improvisations, Meow Press, Buffalo & San Diego, 1998.

A Paradise of Poets, New Directions, 1999.

Poems for the Game of Silence, reissue, New Directions, 2000.

The Case for Memory, & Other Poems, with Ian Tyson, printed in cooperation
with Granary Books, 2001.

Un Cruel Nirvana: 1980-2000, with translations into Spanish by HeribertoYépez and Laura Jáuregui, Editorial Tucán de Virginia, Mexico, 2001.

Livre de Temoignage [A Book of Witness] 1-26, with translations into French by Joseph Guglielmi and Tita Reut, lithographs by Arman, Charles Moreau Editions, Paris, 2002.

A Book of Witness: Spells & Gris-Gris (poems), New Directions, 2003.

China Notes, tel/let books, Charleston, Illinois, 2003.

Collaborations: Livres d’artiste 1968-2003, with Ian Tyson, Eric Linard Galerie, France, 2003.

The Treasures of Dunhuang (2), tel/let books, Charleston, Illinois, 2003.

Twelve Russian Ikons, tel/let books, Charleston, Illinois, 2003.

A Book of Concealments, Chax Press, 2003.

25 Caprichos: After Goya, with translations into Spanish by Heriberto Yépez, Kadle Books, Tenerife, Spain, scheduled: 2004.


New Young German Poets. San Francisco, City Lights Books, 1959.

The Deputy, by Rolf Hochhuth (American Playing Version). New York, Samuel French, 1965.

The Flight of Quetzalcoatl (Aztec). Brighton, England, Unicorn Books, 1967.

Poems for People Who Don't Read Poems, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger (co-translator with Enzensberger and Michael Hamburger). New York, Atheneum, 1968; London, Secker & Warburg, 1968.

The Book of Hours & Constellations, by Eugen Gomringer. New York, Something Else Press, 1968.

The 17 Horse Songs of Frank Mitchell (Navajo, with prints by Ian Tyson). London, Tetrad Press, 1970.

Gematria 27 (Hebrew, with Harris Lenowitz). Milwaukee, Membrane Press, 1977.

Songs for the Society of the Mystic Animals (Seneca Indian, with typographical realizations by Ian Tyson). London, Tetrad Press, 1980.

Four Suites, by Federico García Lorca. Los Angeles, Sun & Moon Press, 1989.

The Suites (complete), by Federico García Lorca. New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1991 as part of Collected Poems: A Bilingual Edition, 1992.

PPPPPP: Poems Performance Pieces Proses Plays Poetics of Kurt Schwitters, with Pierre Joris. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1993; reprint by Exact Change, 2002.

A Flower Like a Raven, translations from Kurt Schwitters in an artist’s book edition by Barbara Fahrner, Granary Books, 1996.

Antilyrik & Other Poems by Vitezslav Nezval, translations from the Czech, with Milos Sovak, Green Integer, 2001.

The Suites by Federico García Lorca, translations from the Spanish, Green Integer, 2001.

The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, & Other Poems by Pablo Picasso, translations from Spanish and French, edited with Pierre Joris, Exact Change, scheduled: 2004.

“Writing Through”: Translations & Variations, Wesleyan University Press, scheduled: 2004.

Anthologies Edited

Ritual. New York, Something Else Press, 1966.

Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, [Europe], & Oceania. New York, Doubleday-Anchor, 1967; (revised edition) Berkeley, University of California Press, 1985.

Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas. New York, Doubleday-Anchor, 1972; (revised edition) New York, Alfred van der Marck Editions, 1986; Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 1991.

America a Prophecy: A New Reading of American Poetry from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present, with George Quasha. New York, Random House, 1973.

Revolution of the Word: A New Gathering of American Avant-Garde Poetry 1914-1945. New York, Seabury-Continuum, 1974; (reprint) Boston, Exact Change Press, scheduled: 1996.

Ethnopoetics: A New International Symposium, with Michel Benamou. Boston, Alcheringa and Boston University, 1976.

A Big Jewish Book: Poems & Other Visions of the Jews from Tribal Times to the Present, with Harris Lenowitz. New York, Doubleday-Anchor, 1978; abridged and reprinted as Exiled in the Word, Port Townsend, Washington, Copper Canyon Press, 1989.

Symposium of the Whole: A Range of Discourse Toward an Ethnopoetics, with Diane Rothenberg. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1984.

Poems for the Millennium:The University of California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry, with Pierre Joris. Volume One: From Fin-de-Sihcle to Negritude. Berekely, University of California Press, 1995. Volume Two: From Postwar to Millennium, 1998.

The Book, Spiritual Instrument, with David Guss. New York, Granary Books, 1996.

A Book of the Book: Some Works & Projections About the Book & Writing, with Steven Clay, Granary Books, New York, 2000.

María Sabina: Selections volume in the series Poets for the Millennium, University of California Press, 2003.


Pre-Faces & Other Writings. New York, New Directions, 1981.

The Riverside Interviews 4: Jerome Rothenberg, with Gavin Selerie (ed.) and Eric Mottram. London, Binnacle Press, 1984.


That Dada Strain, with music by Bertram Turetzky. The Center for Theater Science and Research, San Diego, California, and Lexington, New York, 1985, 1987.

Radio Play: Der Dada Ton [That Dada Strain], Germany, 1986.

Poland/1931, adaptation by Hanon Reznikov. New York, The Living Theater, 1988.

"Khurbn/Hiroshima," texts by Jerome Rothenberg (poet) and Makoto Oda (novelist) with music by Charlie Morrow, produced by Bread & Puppet Theater, August 26-27, 1995.

Some Critical Studies

"Restorative Topographies: Notes on Ethnopoetics from a Province of the Mind" by Judith Gleason, in Parnassus, vol. 11, no. 2, 1984.

In Search of the Primitive: Rereading David Antin, Jerome Rothenberg and Gary Snyder by Sherman Paul, Baton Rouge and London, Louisiana State University Press, 1986.

"Apocalyptic Messianism and Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry by R. Barbara Gitenstein, Albany, State University of New York Press, 1986.

"Soundings: Zaum, Seriality and the Discovery of the 'Sacred'" by Marjorie Perloff, in American Poetry Review, February 1986.

"Where the Real Song Begins: The Poetry of Jerome Rothenberg" by Eric Mottram, in Dialectical Anthropology, vol. 2, nos. 2-4, 1986.

"On Rothenberg's Revised 'Technicians of the Sacred'" by Jed Rasula, in Poetics Journal, no. 6, 1986.

"Rothenberg's Continuing Revolution of the Word" by John Zalenski, in North Dakota Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 4, Fall 1987.

"Literacy and the Roots of Poetry: A Conversation with Jerome Rothenberg" by Frederick Garber, in Forum, Binghmaton, New York, April 1987.

"Jerome Rothenberg: That Dada Strain" in Great American Poetry Bakeoff, third series, by Robert Peters, Scarecrow Press, 1987.

"Some Bearings on Ethnopoetics" by Paul Christensen, in Parnassus, vol. 15, no. 1, 1989.

The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde Since 1970 by Henry M. Sayre, University of Chicago Press, 1989.

An Interview with Jerome Rothenberg, conducted by Manuel Brito in Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, no. 22-223, Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, 1991 [reprinted in M. Brito, A Suite of Poetic Voices].
Pierre Joris, ed., Joy! Praise!: Jerome Rothenberg at Sixty, Ta’Wil Books and Documents, 1991.

Paul Christenson, entry on ethnopoetics and separate entry on Jerome Rothenberg in Benet' Emptinesss, in Polish- Anglosaxon Studies, volume 3-4 (The Papers of the Conference on Polish Themes in English and American Literature), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 1992.

Steve McCaffery & bpNichol, "Some Notes on Jerome Rothenberg and Total Translation," in Rational Geomancy: The Collected Research Reports of theToronto Research Group, Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1992.

Roger Gilbert, entry on Jerome Rothenberg in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry, ed. Ian Hamilton, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Geoffrey O'Brien, "Runes with a View: Jerome Rothenberg's Wide Wide World,” in Village Voice Literary Supplement, December 1994.

Frederick Garber, "Chapter 2: The Histories and Poetics of Jerome Rothenberg," in F. Garber, Repositionings: Readings of Contemporary Poetry, Photography, and Performance Art, The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1995.

Fred Muratori, Remixing Lorca, Recounting the Word," in American Book Review, December-February 1994/95.
"Rothenberg: New York/1968," essay by Eliot Weinberger, in E.W., Poetics Politics Polemics, Marsilio Publishers, New York, 1996.

Hank Lazer, “Thinking Made in the Mouth: The Cultural Poetics of David Antin & Jerome Rothenberg” (& passim), in H. Lazer, Opposing Poetries, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Illinois, 1996.

David Matlin, “A Gathering of Flowers,” review of Poems for the Millennium, in American Book Review, volume 18, number 2, December-January, 1996-97.

Jack Foley, review of Poems for the Millennium, volume 2, in “Foley’s Books,” The Alsop Review (electronic), April 24, 1998. Also in Mythosphere, ed. William G. Doty, University of Alabama, volume 1, no. 4.

Jed Rasula, “Jerome Rothenberg,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography 193: American Poets since World War II, Sixth Series, ed. Joseph Conte, 1998.

Jack Foley, “Jerome Rothenberg: Seedings & Other Poems,” in “Foley’s Books,” The Alsop Review (electronic), 1998.

Norman Finkelstein, “The Messianic Ethnography of Rothenberg’s Poland/1931” in Contemporary Literature, The University of Wisconsin Press, volume 39, number 3, Fall 1998.

Yves di Manno, “Rothenberg, pour aller vite,” in Java, no. 18-19, Paris, 1999.

Essay by Pierre Joris in Contemporary Jewish-American Dramtists and Poets, ed. by Michael Taub and Joel Shatzky, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn. and London, 1999.

“The Medusa Interview” (Portuguese) and “Tecnicos do Sagrado: Etmopoesia por Jerome Rothenberg” (Selections from Technicians of the Sacred), tr. Rodrigo Garcia Lopes, in Medusa, Brazil, 1999.

Eric Murphy Selinger, “Shekhina in America,” containing an extended discussion, in Jonathan N. Barron and Eric Murphy Selinger, Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections, Brandeis University Press, 2000.

Ramez Qureshi, “A Paradise of Poets” (review), in Jacket, No. 12, Sydney, Australia , July 2000 [online].

Daniela Daniele, “Jerome Rothenberg: Postmoderno come postolocausto,” in D. Daniele, Scrittori e finzioni d’America: Incontri e cronache 1989-1999,” Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2000.

Jack Foley, “Flowers Normally Irregular: An Interview with Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris,” in Jack Foley, Foley’s Books: California Rebels, Beats, & Radicals, Pantograph (publisher), 2000.

Peter Middleton, “The Transitive Poetics of Rothenberg’s Transnational Anthologies,” in West Coast Line, vol. 14, no. 2, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, fall 2000.

Peter Middleton, “Seven Words for Jerome Rothenberg,” in Robert Archambeau (ed.), special issue on Rothenberg-Joris collaborations, Samizdat, no. 7, Winter 2001.

Brooke Bergan, “A Book By Any Other Name” (review of A Book of the Book), in Samizdat, ibid.

“An Effort Somehow in Common,” interview by Michael Rodriguez, in Samizdat, ibid.

Norman Finkelstein, “Between Poland and Sumer: The Ethnopoetics of Jerome Rothenberg and Armand Schwerner,” in N. Finkelstein, Not One of Them in Place: Modern Poetry and Jewish-American Identity, State University of New York Press, 2001.

Hélène Aji, “Jerome Rothenberg Reading Ezra Pound,” in Helen M. Dennis, ed., Ezra Pound and Poetic Influence, Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, Editions Rodolpi, Amsterdam, 2001.

Heriberto Yépez, “Jerome Rothenberg, chamán crítico,” in H. Yépez, Escritos heteróclitos, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, 2001.

Robert Kelly, “Responsa to ‘Three Narratives,’” in Golden Handcuffs Review, volume 1, number 1, Fall/Winter 2002/2003.

Heriberto Yépez, “Desde lo simple hasta lo primitivo, La etnopoética,” in H, Yépez, Luna cresciente: Contrapoéticas norteamericana del siglo XX, CECUT (Fondo Regional para la Cultura y las Artes del Noroeste, Tijuana, Mexico, 2002.

Hélène Aji, “ Appropriation et détournement: Réflexions autour de A Paradise of Poets de Jerome Rothenberg,” in Icônes Iconoclasmes, Centre Cultures et Littératures de l’Amerique du Nord, Annales du CRAA, France, 2002.

Manuel Brito, “Una intensa poesía de la historia humana” (review of Un Cruel Nirvana), in Nerter nos. 5-6, Tenerife, Spain, spring-summer 2003.

Published Bibliography

Jerome Rothenberg: A Descriptive Bibliography, ed. Harry Polkinhorn. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, McFarland Publishing Company and American Poetry Contemporary Bibliography Series, 1988.

Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, ed. George Perkins, Barbara Perkins, Phillip Leininger, HarperCollins, 1991.

Reinhold Schiffer "Jerome Rothenberg: Das Lyrische Werk," in Kindlers Neues Literatur Lexicon, vol. 14, pp. 363-5, Walter Jens Verlag, Munich, 1991.