Letter to the Editor
In his review of Eliot Weinberger’s Oranges and Peanuts For Sale (September 2009), Michael Sandlin describes Vicente Huidobro, George Oppen and Gu Cheng as “obscure long-deceased poets.” That Sandlin finds it problematic for a writer to devote attention to poets who have the misfortune to be “obscure” and “long-deceased” is lamentable, but what’s worse is the gross inaccuracy of his characterizations. Gu Cheng died in 1993 (at the age of 37); a collection of his work in English was brought out in 1995 by George Braziller, one of the great names in U.S. publishing. As for Huidobro (d. 1948) and Oppen (d. 1984), they may be shamefully “long-deceased,” at least in Sandlin’s truncated time-frame, but anyone with even a superficial knowledge of 20th-century poetry should instantly recognize their names. Huidobro was a crucial figure in the modernist avant-garde of the teens and twenties, in Paris and his native Chile; Oppen was a central member of the Objectivists, one of the most influential movements in American poetry. For what it’s worth, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. Last year New Directions published a new 425-page edition of his collected poems. Michael Sandlin might want to take a look at it.
Raphael Rubinstein is the New York-based author of The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014) and A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015). Excerpts from his recently completed book Libraries of Sand about the Jewish-Egyptian writer Edmond Jabès have appeared in Bomb, The Fortnightly Review and 3:AM Magazine. In January 2023, Bloomsbury Academic will publish a collection of his writing titled Negative Work: The Turn to Provisionality in Contemporary Art. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art.
Remembering Lewis Warsh, a Planter of PoetsBy Don Yorty
MARCH 2021 | Poetry
Don Yorty is the author of A Few Swimmers Appear, Poet Laundromat, Spring Sonnets, and What Night Forgets; his blog, an archive of current art, his own writing, and work of other poets, can be found at: donyorty.com.
Editor’s NoteBy Paul Mattick
JUL-AUG 2022 | Field Notes
Its not going so well, is it? In Ukraine, Biden is prepared, it seems, to fight to the last Ukrainian, while preparing for the next war with China. Half the population of Afghanistan is facing starvation, especially since the US government has seized the billions of Afghan state assets, eked together out of opium sales and American aid, held in US banks.
Editor’s NoteBy Will Chancellor
FEB 2021 | Fiction
This month were pleased to publish an excerpt from Vesna Marics The President Shop. The novels backdrop is an allegorical country, The Nation, steeped in tyranny, but the focus is on the human rather than the trappings of propaganda. I was struck by the young woman, Mona, decoding the timelessness thats always present, even as we pass through moments that are consciously historic. Symbology, by Betsy M. Narváez, abounds in images, meanings, dreams, and visions. Here, theres no official, waking world, little external at all. Narváez gives us resonant moments over coffee of a mother and a daughter unpuzzling the language of dreams. Were also tremendously fortunate to have Maisy Card stepping in as co-editor of the fiction section of the Brooklyn Rail. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, masterfully courses through the history of a family while communicating the texture and hunger of life as it was lived.
From the City of Angels to the City of PoetsBy Neeli Cherkovski
MAY 2022 | Poetry
Neeli Cherkovskis recent poetry collections are hang onto the Yangtze River, and elegy for my beat generation. His biography of Charles Bukowski was recently published in a new edition by David Godine, and he is completing a new addition of his biography of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He is also working on a book of poetry profiles, multitudes and his memoir, hyper. He lives in San Francisco.