Michael Rothenberg, Editor
Photograph by Terri Carrion
UNHURRIED VISION, a year in the life of Michael, is really a deeply loving celebration & farewell to mentor Philip Whalen, poet, roshi, & all around confounder of boundaries. A day-book; a non-epic odyssey through routes & roots of living & dying; a gastronome's pleasure dome, but above all a deeply stirred & stirring affirmation of poetry's centrality in realizing mundane & profound instances in the everyday extraordinary. Rothenberg's raw footage is disarming; sly, self-effacing, proclaiming, doubting, affirming. You can read it in one sitting, say blurboligists, but it takes at least a lifetime. & then what?
"Rothenberg's PUNK ROCKWELL follows and breaks all the rules of fiction simultaneously. A slow-motion, spiraling bullet aimed right between the eyes...original with a capital O."
-Michael Largo, author Southern Comfort
"Michael Rothenberg has one of those
genius takes on language. . .
-Jack Collom, author 8-Ball
-David Meltzer author The Agency Trilogy
-Lyn Hejinian, Author
Born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1951, Michael Rothenberg has been an active environmentalist in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 25 years, where he cultivates orchids and bromeliads at his nursery, Shelldance. He is a poet, songwriter, editor and co-founder of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. He is also co-editor and co-founder of JACK Magazine, a literary publication that relates to, but expands beyond, the beat generation.
His poems have appeared in many journals online and in print, including 2river View, Berkeley Poetry Review, Bolinas Heresay News, Blue Book, Cafe Review, Canary River Review, Cortland Review, The Duct Tape Press, Ecopoetics, Exquisite Corpse, Fish Drum, Fulcrum, Ironwood, Jacket, Lungfull!, Light and Dust@Grist Mobile Anthology of Poetry, Moveo Angelus, Mudlark, Pearl, Poetry Motel, Puerto del Sol, Prague Literary Review, Prosodia, Rolling Stock, Shuffle Boil, Sidereality, Southern Ocean Review, Sycamore Review, Van Gogh’s Ear, Versal, XStream, Ygdrasil, Zuzu's Petals, and Zyzzyva.
He has published several poetry books: What The Fish Saw (Twowindows Press, CA, 1984), Nightmare Of The Violins (Twowindows Press, CA, 1986), Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1988), Favorite Songs (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1990), The Paris Journals (Fish Drum, Inc, 2000), Monk Daddy (Blue Press, 2003), and Grown Up Cuba (IL Bagatto Press, Amsterdam 2003). He is also the author of the novel Punk Rockwell (Tropical Press, 2000).
Editorial projects include Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen (Penguin Putnam, Inc., 2002), and As Ever, Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger (Penguin Books, 2002). He is presently working on the selected poems of David Meltzer (Penguin, 2004), and selected poems of Ed Dorn (Penguin, 2006).
His songs have appeared in Hollywood Pictures' Shadowhunter and Black Day, Blue Night, and most recently, TriStar Pictures' Outside Ozona. Other songs have been recorded on CDs including: The Darkest Part of The Night by Bob Malone, Difficult Woman by Renee Geyer, Global Blues Deficit by Cody Palance, The Woodys by The Woodys, and a soon to be released CD by Johnny Lee Schell.
His poetry books and broadsides are archived at the University of Francisco, and are held in the Special Collection libraries of Brown University, Claremont Colleges, University of Kansas, the New York Public Library, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, and UC-Santa Cruz.
His most recent book of poems is Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press 2003).
He presently divides his time between Pacifica, California and Miami, Florida.