New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Counter Culture Chronicles and Ragged Lion Press have now jointly released on cassette a recording of a private reading of Rothenberg’s translations of ‘primitive poetry’ at Allen De Loach’s house, 4 July 1969. The recording taps into underlying currents of both Western and non-Western poetry: ethnopoetics read, and at times chanted, in the modest but inspired voice of a true cross-cultural scholar-shaman.
Jerome Rothenberg was born into a Polish-Jewish family in New York City in 1931. He studied at the City College of New York and received a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of Michigan in 1953. After his return from military service in Germany, Rothenberg resumed his studies at Columbia University, from which he graduated in 1959. His publishing career began in the late 1950s when he translated Paul Celan and Günter Grass and other German poets for City Lights Books, founded several literary magazines and his own Hawk’s Well Press, which published Rothenberg’s first compilation of poems White Sun Black Sun in 1960. He used the term deep image for his poetry of that period and published eight more compilations plus an anthology of traditional and modern poetry in the course of the 1960s.