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Poems for the Millennium:

The University of California Press Anthology of Modern and Postmodern Poetry

volume 2: From Postwar to Millennium


by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris






Thanks and Acknowledgments



In the Dark

Charles Olson
La Préface
Paul Celan
A Death Fugue
Anna Akhmatova
from Poem without a Hero: Epilogue
Toge Sankichi
from Poems of the Atomic Bomb: Dying
René Depestre
Season of Anger
Ingeborg Bachmann
The Time Allotted
Antonin Artaud
from To Have Done with the Judgment of God



Gertrude Stein
from The Mother of Us All
Wallace Stevens
Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself
James Joyce
from Finnegans Wake
William Carlos Williams
from Paterson, Book Three
Ezra Pound
Canto 116
from Hermetic Definition: Red Rose and a Beggar (1-9)
Hugh MacDiarmid
The Glass of Pure Water
André Breton
from Ode to Charles Fourier
Henri Michaux
from Saisir
Louis Zukofsky
from A "12"
Pablo Neruda
from The Heights of Macchu Picchu
Gunnar Ekelöf
from Mölna Elegy
Muriel Rukeyser
The Speed of Darkness
Aimé Césaire
from I, Laminaria



Marie Luise Kaschnitz
My Ground
Who Would Have Thought It
Vladimir Holan
from A Night with Hamlet
Samuel Beckett
Imagination Dead Imagine
George Oppen
Myth of the Blaze
Yannis Ritsos
The Meaning of Simplicity
Naked Face
Erotica XII
from 3 x 111 Tristychs
Charles Olson
"my memory is ..."
"Peloria ..."
The Moon Is the Number 18
Maximus from Dogtown - II
"Added to ..."
Edmond Jabès
from The Book of Questions
"The Jew answers every question"
The Book of the Living
"Have you seen how a word is born and dies?"
John Cage
[Epigraph] "If there were a part of life dark enough"
from Song Books: Solo for Voice 17 Song with Electronics (Relevant)
Two Mesostics re Merce Cunningham
from Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make
Matters Worse 1965)



Nicanor Parra
The Individual's Solliloquy
Octavio Paz
from Blanco
Bert Schierbeek
The Sun: Day
The Animal Has Drawn a Human
Robert Duncan
Often I Am Permited to Return to a Meadow
At the Loom Passages 2
In Blood's Domaine
Yoshioka Minoru
Paul Celan
Mohammed Dib
from Formulaires
Amos Tutuola
from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts: Television-handed Ghostess
Helmut Heissenbüttel
Didactic Poem on the Nature of History, A.D. 1954
Combination II
from Textbook 10
Jackson Mac Low
Asymmetry 205
from The Pronouns - A Collection of 40 Dances - for the Dancers
3rd Light Poem: For Spencer, Beate, & Sebastian Holst - 12June 1962
Pieces o' Six - II
Pier Paolo Pasolini
from A Desperate Vitality
Vasko Popa
Burning Shewolf


Yusuf al-Khal
Cain the Immortal
The Wayfarers
Badr Shakir al-Sayyab
The River and Death
A Desire Moving through the Maps of the Material
Muhammad al-Maghut
Executioner of Flowers
Unsi al-Hajj
The Charlatan


Denise Levertov
The Jacob's Ladder
Age of Terror
Yehuda Amichai
National Thoughts
Near the Wall of a House
Friederike Mayröcker
"the spirit of '76"
Emmett Williams
from The Red Chair (for Three Voices)
from The Ultimate Poem
Robin Blaser
Image-Nation 22 (In Memoriam
Ernesto Cardenal
In xóchitl in cuícatl
Rosario Castellanos
Two Meditations
Two Poems
Claude Gauvreau
Trustful Fatigue and Reality
Leg of Mutton Créateur




Ian Hamilton Finlay
from Heroic Emblems (with Ron Costley & Stephen Bann)
Images from the Arcadian Dream Garden
The Garden Temple
Ingeborg Bachmann
Curriculum Vitae
Paul Blackburn
Phone Call to Rutherford
At the Well
The Net of Place
Robert Creeley
The Whip
René Depestre
from A Rainbow for the Christian West: Three Loas
Cap'tain Zombi
Baron Samedi
Allen Ginsberg
[Epigraph] "I saw the best minds ..."
Kral Majales
Robert Filliou, per George Brecht
from 14 Songs and 1 Riddle
Frank O'Hara
The Day Lady Died
Ode: Salute to the French Negro Poets
John Ashbery
from Flow Chart
Larry Eigner
explanation / tangent things
Winter (January / February 1978)
"ah, so, yes"
[Three Poems 1989]




Armand Schwerner
from The Tablets
Anne Sexton
from The Jesus Papers
Bernard Heidsieck
from Derviche / Le Robert: The Letter "K"
Joyce Mansour
In the Gloom on the Left
Going and Coming of Sequins
Nathaniel Tarn
from Lyrics for the Bride of God
Hannah Weiner
Two Code Poems from the International Code of Signals
from Clairvoyant Journal
Edward Dorn
from Gunslinger I
Adrienne Rich
The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven Understood at Last as a Sexual Message
The Phenomenology of Anger
Chinua Achebe
Bull and Egret
We Laughed at Him


William S. Burroughs
Fear and the Monkey
Jack Kerouac
from Mexico City Blues: 211th Chorus
Bob Kaufman
"All Those Ships That Never Sailed"
January 30, 1976: Message to Myself
Allen Ginsberg
Gregory Corso
The Mad Yak
Transformation & Escape
Michael McClure
from Ghost Tantras
A Small Secret Book
Diane di Prima
Studies in Light



Kamau Brathwaite
Michel Deguy
"O great apposition of the world"
"You will be astonished"
"This lady and her beautiful window"
To Forget the Image
Amelia Rosselli
Letter to Her Brother
from Martial Variations
Dialogue with the Dead
Gary Snyder
What You Should Know to Be a Poet
from Myths & Texts
first Shaman Song
this Poem Is for Bear
The Hump-Backed Flute Player




Paul Celan
from The Meridian Speech
Charles Olson
Three Statements
from The Present Is Prologue
A Plan for a Curriculum of the Soul
The Resistance
John Cage
from Lecture on Nothing
Edouard Glissant
from Earth
Situationist International (Guy Debord, et al.)
from All the King's Men
Amiri Baraka
Black Dada Nihilismus
Adrienne Rich
from When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision
Nicanor Parra
George Maciunas
A Manifesto for Fluxus
Henri Chopin
from Poésie Sonore
Bob Cobbing
A Statement on Sound Poetry 1969
Steve McCaffery
from Text-Sound, Energy and Performance
Dick Higgins
Intermedia Chart
Denis Roche
from Le Mécrit: Struggle and Erasure
Edward Sanders
from Investigative Poetry
Julian Beck
the state will be served even by poets
Rachel Blau DuPlessis
from Otherhow
Carolee Schneemann
Interior Scroll
Ishmael Reed
from Neo-HooDoo Manifesto
from Preface
Sujata Bhatt
from Search for My Tongue
Charles Bernstein
from Artifice of Absorption
Diane di Prima
from Rant
Preamble & Statement for a Council on Counterpoetics




Tchicaya U Tam'si
The Treasure
Jerome Rothenberg
That Dada Strain
from Khurbn
The Lorca Variations (XXVIII)
Paavo Haavikko
from The Winter Palace
The First Poem
The Second Poem
Tomas Tranströmer
The Gallery
Ece Ayhan
To Trace from Hebrew
The Nigger in a Photograph
Geranium and the Child



Jacques Roubaud
Some Thing Black: Section V
David Antin
Endangered Nouns
Andrei Voznesensky
Look Back into the Future
On the Metamorphoses Brought about by Emotion: The Rebellion of the Eyes
The Genealogy of Crosses
Amiri Baraka
Numbers, Letters
Das Kapital
Ted Berrigan
People of the Future
from The Sonnets
Inger Christensen
Alphabet 9, 10
Sarah Kirsch
"The Wels a Fish that Lives on the Bottom"
"In an Airplane I'm Supposed to"
Pandora's Box
From Kite-Flying
Renting a Room


The Arechi & After
Tamura Ryuichi
My Imperialism
Tanikawa Shuntaro
from With Silence My Companion
Cycle of Months (Menstruation)
Ooka Makoto
Shiraishi Kazuko
The Man Root
Yoshimasu Gozo
Pulling in the Reins
Osiris, the God of Stone
Fujii Sadakazu
from Where Is Japanese Poetry?
Small Dream
Ito Hiromi
Near Kitami Station on the Odakyu Line



Clayton Eshleman
Our Lady of the Three-Pronged Devil
Robert Kelly
Ode to Language
The Man Who Loved White Chocolate
Rosmarie Waldrop
Feverish Propositions
from A Key into the Language of America
Alejandra Pizarnik
Paths of the Mirror
Jayne Cortez
Kenneth Irby
Four Poems
"I met the Angel Sus on the Skin Bridge"
"slowly the old stone building walls downtown dissolve"
from [three sets of three]
J.H. Prynne
from Wound Response
Of Movement Towards a Natural Place
Landing Area
An Evening Walk
Rochelle Owens
I Am the Babe of Joseph Stalin's Daughter
from W. C. Fields in French Light
Monique Wittig
from The Lesbian Body
Takahashi Mutsuo
from Self-Portraits
Myself in the Disguise of an Ancient Queen
Myself with a Glory Hole
Anne-Marie Albiach
Winter Voyage


Edoardo Sanguineti
The Last Stroll: Homage to Pascoli
Giulia Niccolai
From the Novissimi
Nanni Balestrini
from The Instinct of Self-Preservation
Tape Mark
Antonio Porta
To Open
Adriano Spatola
The Risk of Abstraction
The Poem Stalin


Susan Howe
from Pythagorean Silence
Scattering as Behavior toward Risk
Tom Phillips
from A Humument
from Six of Hearts: Songs for Mary Wiegold
David Meltzer
from Hero/Lil: The Third Shell
Diane Wakoski
George Washington and the Loss of His Teeth
The Ice Eagle
Tom Raworth
Lion Lion
Jungle Book
Bolivia: Another End of Ace
Elke Erb
Text and Commentary
Malay Roy Choudhury
Stark Electric Jesus
Göran Sonnevi
"Demon colors, dark"
A Child Is Not a Knife
Clark Coolidge
from The Crystal Text
from Baffling Means (with Philip Guston)


Lyn Hejinian
from My Life
Ron Silliman
from Ketjak
Bob Perelman
Rae Armantrout
Barrett Watten
Complete Thought I-XXV
Bruce Andrews
"Zero Tolerance"
Charles Bernstein
Of Time and the Line
Carla Harryman


Pierre Guyotat
from Tales of Samora Machel
Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine
Refusal to Inter
Simon Ortiz
From an Interview
The Wisconsin Horse
Final Solution: Jobs, Leaving
Lyn Hejinian
Oxota, Book 2
Mahmoud Darwish
from Memory for Forgetfulness
John Taggart
Slow Song for Mark Rothko
Quincy Troupe
Nicole Brossard
from The Barbizon
Michael Palmer
from Sun
Allen Fisher
Continental Walk
bp Nichol
A Sequence of Poems from The Martyrology 7
Charles Stein
A Parmenides Machine
Alice Notley
from Désamère
Anne Waldman
Iovis XIX: Why That's a Blade Can Float


Bei Dao
The Answer
The August Sleepwalker
"He opens wide a third eye ..."
Duo Duo
When People Rise from Cheese, Statement #1
North Sea
Mang Ke
from ApeHerd
Shu Ting
The Mirror
Yang Lian
Crocodile 1-15
Gu Cheng
A Generation
from The Bulin File


Pierre Joris
from Winnetou Old
Arkadii Dragomoschenko
A Sentimental Elegy
Nathaniel Mackey
Song of the Andoumboulou: 15
Habib Tengour
from Empedocles' Sandal
Leslie Scalapino
Instead of an Animal
Cecilia Vicuña
Five Notebooks for Exit Art
Will Alexander
Albania & the Death of Enver Hoxha
Victor Hernandez Cruz
Mesa Blanca
Coral Bracho
On Contact Opens Its Indigo Pit
On the Facets: The Flashing
Nina Iskrenko
Isn't She Not a Bird


The Poem in the Machine
First Collage: The Poem in the Machine
Marcel Duchamp
Rotary Demi-Sphere (Precision Optics) with Pun
Abraham Lincoln Gillespie
from Readie-Soundpiece (for Bob Brown's Reading Machine)
Steve McCaffery
from Carnival the First Panel: 1967-70
Bernard Heidsieck
from Canal Street
Jackson Mac Low
34th Merzgedicht in Memoriam Kurt Schwitters
Jim Rosenberg
Two Intergrams
John Cayley
from <Reveal Code>: Indra's Net VIII
Second Collage: Toward a Cyberpoetics


Maggie O'Sullivan
Narrative Charm for Ibbotroyd
from Doubtless: "The Dancer-"
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
from Dictée: Elitere Lyric Poetry



At the Turning


Robert Duncan
After a Long Illness
Pierre Joris
Fin-de-Siècle Identikit
Jerome Rothenberg
Prologomena to a Poetics



Index of Authors