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 manifest as psychological states of mind. They ...

Fast Speaking Woman: Chants and Essays 2001, City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA

ISBN-13: 9780872863163

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