Monash's School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics recently hosted the Melbourne visit of well-known US poet Jerome Rothenberg, Professor Emeritus at University of California San Diego.
One of the talks he provided was co-hosted by the University of Melbourne (video below). Coinciding with the publication of an expanded 50th anniversary edition of his anthology Technicians of the Sacred, poet, translator and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg explored the early history of ethnopoetics. Drawing from the new introduction to his book, he began 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 proposed 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.
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