Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The sixth issue of VANITAS takes on the omnipresent influence of Latin language, thought, and culture in various vectors in the contemporary world. New poems and translations by Micah Ballard, Steve Dalachinsky, Clayton Eshleman, Elaine Equi, Alan Halsey, Bob Holman, Ron Horning, John Latta, David Lehman, Joel Lewis, Lyn Lifshin, Gerard Malanga, David Meltzer, Amanda Nadelberg, Stephen Ratcliffe, Ariana Reines, Raphael Rubinstein, Hal Sirowitz, Christopher Stackhouse, Mónica de la Torre, Tony Towle, John Tranter, Terence Winch, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, and many more provide active exploration via works from the Ladino, Martial's epigrams, Baudelaire, divertimenti, Sakra Boccata, Brazilian desserts, the immigration problem, ars poetica, fragmentos ibericos, Mario Schifano, Elsa Morante, Lorca, Blanchot, Venice (CA), les demoiselles, sortes virgilianae, tango criollo, Ovid, Pamplona, and Pino Solanas. Featured artwork by Rafael Ferrer and Juan Uslé, plus works by Vivien Bittencourt, Saint Clair Cemin, Juan Gómez and Jan Henle. Available through Small Press Distribution.

Don't miss the VANITAS 6 launch reading!!

Featuring Elaine Equi, Adam Fitzgerald, Drew Gardner, Bob Holman, Joel Lewis and Tony Towle.

May 31, 2012
6:00 pm

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
(Between Houston and Bleecker)
F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker

Event Page

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

TC: Giuseppe Ungaretti: What would I want with images?


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Waves on sandy beach, Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: photo by Johntex, 2006

These wandering landscapes of the ocean's

Shifting surface, the incisive

Candour of daybreak on these

Or those leaves: these things no longer

Draw me; nor can my old eyes make

Out light from shade against the stones.

Forgot, what would I want

With images?


Leaves of European Birch (Fagus): photo by The cat, 2006

Non più m'attragano i paesaggi erranti
Del mare, né dell'alba il lacerante
Pallore sopra queste o quelle foglie;
Nemmeno più contrasto col macigno,
Antica notte che sugli occhi porto.

Le immagini a che prò
Per me dimenticata?

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Foggy sunset with Brown Pelicans: photo by Mila Zinkova, 2009

Giuseppe Ungaretti: Poem IX (Non più m'attragano i paesaggi erranti) from Cori descrittivi di stati d'animo di Didone (Choruses Descriptive of the State of Mind of Dido), in La terra promessa (The Promised Land), 1950; translation by TC