Technicians of the Sacred: Ethnopoetics and the New Indigenous Poetries
Please note: This event is now booked out.
Coinciding with the publication of an expanded 50th anniversary edition of his anthology Technicians of the Sacred, poet, translator and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg will explore the early history of ethnopoetics.
Drawing from the new introduction to the book, he will begin the talk discussing the emergence in the 1950s and 1960s of ethnopoetics as a collaborative work of poets and scholars to which he was a close witness and active participant. He will then propose a link to the survival and revival of many indigenous languages and poetries in the early 21st century, with a sense that change rather than stasis has been at the heart of these poetries as well as of our own.
This event has been arranged in conjunction with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.
Image credit: Adine Sagalyn.
Jerome Rothenberg, Poet, Translator, Anthologist
Poet, Translator, Anthologist
University of California, San Diego
Jerome Rothenberg’s groundbreaking ethnopoetic anthology *Technicians of the Sacred* was first published in 1968, and remains a cornerstone of the ethnopoetics movement. The anthology first displayed Rothenberg’s innovative translation techniques, and drew startling parallels between oral and ritual poetries and avantgarde experiments, including concrete, visual, language and sound poetry. Rothenberg’s career as a poet, translation, anthologist, professor, and anthropologist has spanned 50 years, since his first work of translation was published in 1959 by Ferlinghetti’s City Lights press. His interests include Jewish mysticism, firstwave modernism including Dada and Surrealism, and the championing of indigenous and outsider poetries. His numerous awards and honours include grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; two PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards; two PEN Center USA West Translation Awards; and the San Diego Public Library’s Local Author Lifetime Achievement Award. He remains Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.