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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. W
Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published 1975)
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Jul 18, 2007 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: beat poetry fans
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I had to read this in college, and I since re-read it myself for pleasure many times since. Her Buddhism and her re-investigation of the role of women are intermingled to create energetic, prescient poetry about modern womanhood. Though this may have been written to reflect a certain period in time, I think this will be a timeless book of poetry.
Jun 05, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
This girl is still alive and kicking up dirt in Boulder, Colorado. She was one of the youngest members of the beat generation, and I got the chance to see her perform live. She's incredible. Very inspiring. She's so full of life, energy and character.
Nov 29, 2007 Maleka rated it it was amazing
one of my absolutely favorite books of all time. poetry, chants, essays. every time I re-read it I get something more out of it. So good!
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"I am a dissipative structure—a flowing apparent wholeness, highly organized but always in process. The more complex a dissipative structure, the more energy is needed to maintain all its connections. It is exceedingly vulnerable to internal fluctuations. Connections may only be sustained by a flow of energy; the system is always in flux. The more coherent the structure, the more unstable it is. This ironic instability is the key to transformation. This dissipation of energy creates the potentia ...more
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Nov 24, 2010 Kevin rated it really liked it
some of the repetitious poetry became tedious to read, as i think they were written to be spoken. however, the essays on performance and the ritual of reading poetry to an audience were literally enlightening.
Feb 20, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Anne Waldman is one of the most powerful poet perfomers. She is so strong and full of life. This book explores and seeks to define the possibilites of what it means to be a woman.
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Dec 08, 2013 Nicole Kapise-Perkins rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of contemporary poetry, written in the style of chants and invocations. I'm adding this one to my bookshelf.
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Feb 09, 2013 Annie Goold rated it it was amazing
She had me writing my own songs of naming and speaking self into being upon the first few lines. Incredible voice and laser-fine eye: a bow and echoing return to you, Miss Waldman.
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Recommends it for: beat poets
Read this once I was out of college
around 1976. Fast pasted poems, quick
to the eye & good stuff from Anne
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Anne Waldman was part of the late Sixties poetry scene in the East Village. She ran the St. Mark's Church Poetry Project, and gave exuberant, highly physical readings of her own work.

She became a Buddhist, worshipping with the Tibetan Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who would also become Allen Ginsberg's guru. She and Ginsberg worked together to create a poetry school, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembo
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