Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Anne Waldman (2/4/45) - Poet of Consciousness

Internationally recognised  and acclaimed poet Anne Waldman is 69 years young today.A prominent figure in the beat poetry generation. She has been an active member  of the 'Outrider' experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create  and nurture for over four decades as wrier, editor, teacher, performer, feminist magpie scholar, infrastructure curator, student of buddhism and cultural/ political activist. The Late Allen Ginsber, with whom she co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Diembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, called her his 'spiritual wife.'
For nearly half a century she has channelled her passions and experiences into poetry, urging us toward civic and political responsibility, long has she been committed to the survival of the planrt.. She is recipient  of the Shelley Memorial Award from  the Poetry Societ of America and is the author of over 40 books of poetry.
She sees her poetry performances as  'a ritualised event in time'. Long may she continue to inspire. Hold on to her premise of imaginative consciousness, remainingvibrant and unpredictable.
Happy birthday.

Fossil Fuel - Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye

The Lie

Art begins with a lie
     The seperation is you plus me plus what we make
           Look intolightbulb blink, sun's in your eye

I want a rare sky
     vantage point free from misconception
    Art begins with a lie

Nothing to lose, spontaneous rise
     of reflection, paint the picture
          of a lightbulb, or eye the sun

How to fuel the world, then die
     Distance yourself from artfulness
         How? Art begins with a lie

The audience wants to cry
   when the actors are real & passionate
       Look into footlight, then feed back to eye

You fluctuate in an artful body
    You try to imitate the world's glory
        Art begins with a lie
             That's the story, sharp speck in the eye.

From: Helping the Dreamer:Selected Poems, 1966-1988

Anne Waldman - Reading from Manatee/Humanity

Anne Waldman: Poetry in Performance

Join her here and listen to some of here shamanic and subversive poems
at a reading at Eastern Illinois University 2009.

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