Revolution of the Word: A New Gathering of American Avant Garde Poetry, 1914-1945
Edited and with an Introduction by Jerome Rothenberg
296 pages, paperback
Jerome Rothenberg has raised the anthology to an art form. His most recent publication, Poems for the Millennium (University of California Press, 1995) reevaluates modernism from a global perspective. Shaking the Pumpkin (1972) and America a Prophecy (1973) diversified the canon long before “multi-culturalism.” And his 1974 Revolution of the Word remains an unparalleled collection of American avant-garde writing from between the wars. Nearly twenty-five years after its first publication, this long out-of-print collection is still xeroxed for college courses because it contains works that are otherwise unavailable (by Else von Freytag-Loringhoven, Abraham Lincoln Gillespie, et al.), and because it places some of the most popular writers of the century — e.e cummings, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein — in their original context: the anarchistic experimentation of early modernism.
Praise for Poems for the Millennium (U.Cal., 1995):
“The word anthology hardly does justice? this is that rare book that forces us to rethink what the poetic is and can be.” — Marjorie Perloff
“Destined to become a fundamental resource for the study of twentieth-century literature and culture. Its importance cannot be overstated.”— Charles Bernstein