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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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Noriyuko 'Pat'
What I love about Waldman's work is its completely demented nature - it is at once completely arrogant in an almost pathological way (i.e., Waldman framing herself as an invocation of Kali Yuga or related Hindu / Buddhist deity) as it is absolutely charming and funny (little turns of phrases that show her absolute attention and interest in chat, haircuts, and the like). The essays in the most recent edition show a thinker thinking deeply and passionately. A pleasure.
Jul 18, 2007 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beat poetry fans
Shelves: poetry
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.
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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.
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.
Annie Goold
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.
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.
Nicole Kapise-Perkins
An interesting collection of contemporary poetry, written in the style of chants and invocations. I'm adding this one to my bookshelf.
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!
Ed Smith
Oct 26, 2009 Ed Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Dom Zuccone
Reads,reaches and moves on the perfect book for a busride.

the first one was 34 pages long......... but it was fun
Nigel Pearce
Brilliant poetic chanting as well as the essays.
Miloe Peck/Braden
Wonderful book if you like that sorta thing.
what's not to worship?
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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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