Featuring Julio Cortázar, Olivia Loksing Moy, Marco Ramírez Rojas, Diane di Prima, Iris Cushing, Muriel Rukeyser, Chris Clarke, Mary Norbert Korte, Mary Catherine Kinniburgh, Pedro Pietri, Cristina Pérez Díaz.
Grounded in an exploration of relationships between writers and their guides past or present, as well as particular times and places, LOST & FOUND SERIES VIII unfolds an astounding array of unknown materials that reconfigure our present cultural and social map. From Argentinian exile Julio Cortázar’s erudite and intimate companionship with John Keats, as portrayed in never before translated excerpts from his little known first book, to Diane di Prima’s methodical thinking through the ritual of a poetics based on Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound–in the form of her raw notes to a series of lectures–we glimpse the depth and stakes of transmission across time. In Mary Norbert Korte’s 1967 Response to Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras, we see the human gesture of one poet reaching out to another at a time of radical political and personal transition, as Korte is considering leaving the Dominican Sisterhood she had been a member of in order to lead a different life. The discovery of Muriel Rukeyser’s student translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, undertaken in the early 1930s while Rukeyser was active over the Scottsboro Trial, amply displays the roots of her poetics and the basis of her lifelong commitment to translation. Not tied to an individual relationship but to a whole community, selections from Pedro Pietri’s poetry and activist art during the AIDS crisis, Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All–with an envelope of reproduced visual artifacts–demonstrates Pietri’s commitment to working outside mainstream forms to incite the people’s imagination.
SERIES VIII includes:
Julio Cortázar: Julio y John, caminando y conversando: Selections from Imagen de John Keats (edited and translated by Olivia Loksing Moy & Marco Ramírez Rojas)
Diane di Prima: Prometheus Unbound as a Magickal Working (ed. Iris Cushing)
the difficulties involved: Muriel Rukeyser’s Selections from A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud (ed. Chris Clarke)
a strange gift: Mary Norbert Korte’s Response to Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras (ed. Mary Catherine Kinniburgh)
Pedro Pietri: Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All (ed. Rojo Robles; Afterword by Cristina Pérez Díaz)
Poetry. Translation. Poetry History & Criticism. Poetics.