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We are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of Jerome Rothenberg's China Notes & the Treasures of Dunhuang. The book will be published in October, celebrating and reflecting on Rothenberg's travels throughout China. In anticipation, of this launch we present here today Rothenberg reading from the book last December 17 at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California. Gathered together with diverse voices (Jesse Glass, Catherine Daly, Bruna Mori, Daniel Sendecki) in order to celebrate and reflect upon the passing of poet Cid Corman, Jerome Rothenberg shared selections from his upcoming book from Ahadada.

“The China Notes come from a trip in 2002 that brought us out as far as the Gobi Desert & allowed me to see some of the changes & continuities throughout the country. I was traveling with poet & scholar Wai-lim Yip & had a chance to read poetry in five or six cities & to observe things as part of an ongoing discourse with Wai-lim & others. The ancient beauty of some of what we saw played out against the theme park quality of other simulacra of the past. . . . A sense of beckoning wilderness/wildness in a landscape already cut into to serve the human need for power & control.”

Selections from China Notes

So Jerome Rothenberg describes the events behind the poems in this small volume—a continuation of his lifelong exploration of poetry and the search for a language to invoke the newness and strangeness both of what we observe and what we can imagine.

Jerome Rothenberg

  • Beyond Baroque

  • Venice, California, December 17, 2005

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