Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania

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Jerome Rothenberg
University of California Press, May 8, 1985 - Poetry - 636 pages
Since its first publication in 1968, Jerome Rothenberg's Technicians of the Sacred has educated a generation of poets, artists, and readers to the multiple faces and possibilities of poetry throughout the world. Hailed by Robert Creeley as "both a deeply useful work book and an unequivocal delight," and by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the hundred most recommended American books of the last thirty-five years, it appears here in a revised and expanded version several years in the making. Rothenberg's revision follows the structure and themes of the original version while reworking the contents to include a European section and a large number of newly gathered and translated poems that reflect the work set in motion since 1968.
 

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Contents

Kato Indian
7
Maori New Zealand
14
Aztec Definitions
20
The Pictures
26
The Girl of the Early Race Who Made the Stars
32
A Poem for the Wind Welsh
38
To the God of Fire as a Horse India
44
How Isaac Tens Became a Shaman Gitksan Indian
50
Song of the Humpbacked Flute Player Hopi
219
A Song of the Winds Seri
226
Mayan Definitions
243
From The Elegy for the Great Inca Atawallpa Quechua
249
Raising the Mediating Center the Field of Evil
255
Words from Seven Magic Songs Copper Eskimo
261
The Quest of Milarepa Tibetan
271
From The Nine Songs Chinese
278

The Dog Vision Sioux Indian Lakotal
58
The Dream of Enkidu Mesopotamia
65
Spell Against Jaundice Serbian
71
Offering Flowers Aztec
82
When Hare Heard of Death Winnebago Indian
90
Nottamun Town Appalachia United States
97
The String Game Bushman Africa
104
Hebrew
108
Garbage Event Dayak Borneo
114
Language Event Venda Africa
120
Peacemaking Event Andaman Islands
126
Taming the Storm Copper Eskimo
135
A Dialogue for God
144
Ghosts Shadows Gabon Pygmy
149
The Comet Ekoi
157
for Kodzo Others Ewe
164
Seven PraiseMottoes Dogon
170
Ika Meji Yoruba
181
Voice of the Karaw Bamana
191
Mide Songs PictureSongs Ojibwa
205
Three Teton Sioux Songs
213
A Shaman Vision Poem Chinese
286
A Song of the Spider Goddess Ainu
293
Things Seen by the Shaman Karawe Chukchee
301
Mantra for Binding a Witch Baiga India
309
The Calendar Upper Paleolithic
321
From The Song of Ullikummi Hittite
327
Song of the Arval Brothers Roman
333
A Song of Amergin Irish
341
The Nine Herbs Charm AngloSaxon
347
Odins Shaman Song Icelandic
353
Blood River Shaman Chant Nenets
359
The Message of King Sakis the Legend of the Twelve
364
Deep Song Spanish Gypsy
372
Twelve Kura Songs from Tikopia
379
The Gumagabu Song Trobriand Islands New Guinea
385
The Daybreak Mudbara Australia
391
The First Truck at Tambrey Jindjiparndi Australia
403
The Woman Who Married a Caterpillar
411
The Lovers I Kapingamarangi Polynesia
417
Animal Story X Fiji Melanesia
423
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Jerome Rothenberg is a poet and one of the world's leading anthologists. His more than fifty books include Poems for the Millennium, Volumes One and Two (California 1995, 1998), co-edited with Pierre Joris. He is Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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