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Free Verse: Jerome Rothenberg and the Poetry of Picasso


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Few people realize that in addition to being one of the 20th centurys most influential painters, Pablo Picasso wrote a body of poetry that Andr Breton described as an intimate journal of the feelings and the senses such as never was kept before. Collected in The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and Other Poems, this writing is indeed Picasso at his erotic and experimental finest. Hear Burial coeditor Jerome Rothenberg present these riveting translations of Picassos poetry as well as his own acclaimed verse, which is deeply obsessed with modernism in all its manifestations.

Poet/editor/translator Rothenbergs many acclaimed anthologies include Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and the two-volume Poems for the Millennium. His most recent volume of poetry is Triptych, which assembles three long serial poems into one multilayered sacred text.

Copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Presented in conjunction with Picasso and American Art.