Poems for the Millennium
Volume 2, From Postwar to Millennium


In the Dark

Charles Olson
La Priface
Paul Celan
A Death Fugue
Anna Akhmatova
from Poem without a Hero: Epilogue
Toge Sankichi
from Poems of the Atomic Bomb: Dying
Reni 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
Andri Breton
from Ode to Charles Fourier
Henri Michaux
from Saisir
Louis Zukofsky
from A "12"
Pablo Neruda
from The Heights of Macchu Picchu
Gunnar Ekelvf
from Mvlna Elegy
Muriel Rukeyser
The Speed of Darkness
Aimi Cisaire
from I, Laminaria

Gallery One

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 Jabhs
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

H.C. Artmann
"an optician has a glass heart"
Friederike Mayrvcker
Ostia Will Receive You
Ernst Jandl
Preliminary Studies for the Frankfurt Readings 1984
Gerhard R|hm
Flower Piece
A Few Things
Konrad Bayer
from The Philosopher's Stone
The White and the Black Bones

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 Heissenb|ttel
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 > 12 June 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 Mayrvcker
"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 xschitl in cumcatl
Rosario Castellanos
Two Meditations
Two Poems
Claude Gauvreau
Trustful Fatigue and Reality
Leg of Mutton Criatur


Asger Jorn, with Christian Dotremont
from Word-Pictures
Christian Dotremont
Some Lapland Views
Karel Appel
Mad Talk
Gerrit Kouwenaar
4 Variations On
Rousseau le Douanier
9000 Jackals Swimming to Boston
Pierre Alechinsky
Ad Mirs
Hugo Claus
The Tollund Man

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
Reni 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]


Eugen Gomringer
Two Poems
hang and swinging hang and swinging
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Poster Poem
Emmett Williams
Like Attracts Like
Seiichi Nikuni
Ilse & Pierre Garnier
Extension 2: Soleil
Seiichi Nikuni & Pierre Garnier
from Pohmes franco-japonais
Haroldo de Campos
from Transient Servitude
Augusto de Campos
Eye for Eye
Karl Young

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

The Art of the Manifesto
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 Poisie 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 Micrit: 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

Gallery Two

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 Transtrvmer
The Gallery
Ece Ayhan
To Trace from Hebrew
The Nigger in a Photograph
Geranium and the Child


Marma Sabina
from The Midnight Velada
Andrew Peynetsa
The Shumeekuli
Eduardo Caldersn
Raising the Mediating Center and the Field of Evil, and/or A Call to the Staffs
with the Twenty-Five Thousand Accounts and the Chant of the Ancients
Robert Johnson
Hellhound on My Trail
Komi Ekpe
Abuse Poems: For Kodzo & Others
Miss Queenie (Imogene Elizabeth Kennedy)
One Day
Tom Waits
Dizzy Gillespie
Sabla y Blu

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
Gvran 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 (1952)

Pierre Guyotat
from Tales of Samora Machel
Mohammed Khaor-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 Martyrology 7
Charles Stein
A Parmenides Machine
Alice Notley
from Disamhre
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 Vicuqa
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 : 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 Dictie: Elitere Lyric Poetry

At the Turning

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

Index of Authors