Contemporary American poet
Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet, translator, performance artist, and anthologist with over eighty books of poetry and essays including ten in print from New Directions. His anthologies include Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and the three-volume Poems for the Millennium. He has been the recipient of many honors, including an American Book Award, two PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards, and two PEN Center USA West Translation Awards. In 2011 he received the prestigious Medalla al Mérito Literario from the International Chihuahua Poetry Festival in Mexico.
“No one writing today has dug deeper into the roots of poetry.”
— Kenneth Rexroth on Jerome Rothenberg
“Khurbn, Jerome Rothenberg's precisely personal, horrifying, tender, and structurally astute masterpiece, is the great middle-length (40 pages) poem of our times. The Jewish agony in the Nazi killing centers has been researched, testified to, and documented; Khurbn is the first poem I know of to engage this agony emotionally, intellectually, and imaginatively. Hearing Rothenberg read it two years ago, I felt the eels of the brutalized, invisible for forty-five years, begin to move under my skin.”