A Paradise of Poets

By Jerome Rothenberg b. 1931 Jerome Rothenberg
He takes a book down from his shelf & scribbles across a
page of text: I am the final one. This means the world will
end when he does.

In the Inferno, Dante conceives a Paradise of Poets & calls
it Limbo.

Foolishly he thinks his place is elsewhere.

Now the time has come to write a poem about a Paradise of Poets.

Jerome Rothenberg, "A Paradise of Poets" from Seedings and Other Poems. Copyright © 1996  by Jerome Rothenberg.  Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Seedings and Other Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1996)

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Poet Jerome Rothenberg b. 1931


Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

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Jerome Rothenberg's publishing career began in the late 1950s as a translator of German poetry, first for Hudson Review and then for City Lights Books. Founding Hawk's Well Press in 1959, Rothenberg used it as a venue to publish collections by some of the up-and-coming poets of the era, including Diane Wakoski and Robert Kelly. He also self-published his first book of poems, White Sun Black Sun, under the Hawk's Well imprint. . . .

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