Fast Speaking Woman: Chants and Essays

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Anne Waldman takes the opportunity with this twentieth-anniversary expanded edition to add twenty poems to this collection that brings into focus her lifelong engagement with “Chant” as central to contemporary performative poetry.

Here are spells, invocations, laments, ritual rants. Archaic beliefs in magic and ecstasy meet current notions of the power of the spoken word. Waldman writes, ""The poem is a textured energy field or modal structure. The poems for performance seem to ...

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Anne Waldman takes the opportunity with this twentieth-anniversary expanded edition to add twenty poems to this collection that brings into focus her lifelong engagement with “Chant” as central to contemporary performative poetry.

Here are spells, invocations, laments, ritual rants. Archaic beliefs in magic and ecstasy meet current notions of the power of the spoken word. Waldman writes, ""The poem is a textured energy field or modal structure. The poems for performance seem to manifest as psychological states of mind. They come together in a mental, verbal, physical, and emotional form, making their particular demands on my voice and body. I am the ‘energumen.’ The poem is the experience."" Also included in this book are three essays on the oral tradition in poetry. One essay discusses the history and occasion of the title poem. The others treat such topics as performance art and poetic tradition, ethnopoetics, intoxication and transformation, Tibetan Buddhism, and the renewed ascendency of feminine energy in writing. Anne Waldman, world renowned for her high-energy poetry performances, is the author of over thirty books and chapbooks of poetry. She is the co-founder and director of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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This 20th-anniversary reprint contains all of the poems published in the author's previous 1975 and 1978 editions plus 20 new poems and three essays on the history of the title piece and poetic tradition (LJ 9/15/75).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872863163
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: City Lights Pocket Poets Series Series , #33
  • Edition description: New expanded ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Waldman, poet, professor, performer, and cultural activist is the author of over 40 books and small press editions of poetry and poetics, including most recently Manatee/Humanity and the anthology Beats at Naropa, co-edited with Laura Wright. She has participated in conferences and festivals in Beijing, Berlin, Vienna, Nicaragua and Prague and has taught recent practicums at the Zen Mountain Monastery and Naropa University. She works with writer/director Ed Bowes on a number of video/movie projects.

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Table of Contents

Invocation 1
Fast Speaking Woman 3
"Fast Speaking Woman" & The Dakini Principle 35
Hag's Heart 43
I Bow At Bodhgaya 45
Red Hat Lama 47
Lines to a Celebrated Friend 50
A Book of Events 52
Talking Mushrooms 54
Billy Work Peyote 58
Spel Against Specious Ones 61
Battery 62
Pressure 64
Lady Tactics 69
Notorious 71
Musical Garden 72
Empty Speech 76
Queer Heart 80
Light & Shadow 81
What Takes: Methyl Isocyanate 88
Gypsy Nun 99
The Nun Abutsu 101
After Mirabai 102
I Guard The Woods 103
Lament You Are In This Mind Of 104
Battle Beast 110
Anarchy Reggae 112
Bardo Corridor 114
Verses for the New Amazing Grace 116
Pratitya Samutpada 118
Crack in the World 119
Guardian & Scribe 122
Millennium Sutra 124
& Sleep the Lazy Owl Of Night 126
"I Is Another": Dissipative Structures 127
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