Anne Waldman Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Anne Waldman is known primarily for her poetry.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Anne Waldman has written more than thirty books of poetry and has edited numerous anthologies. She was assistant director, and later director, of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1968 to 1978. She cofounded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Waldman has received numerous grants and awards, including the Dylan Thomas Memorial Award (1967), a Poets Foundation Award (1969), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1979-1980), the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award (1996), an Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency (2002), and a fellowship from the Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice (Winter, 2007). In 2001, she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; the same year, she was a resident at the Vermont Studio School.

In March, 2002, the University of Michigan officially opened an archive of Waldman’s works and mementoes, calling her “one of the most vibrant writers of the post-Beat generation, . . . a performance poet of electric intensity.”


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Notley, Alice. “Iovis Omnia Plena.” Review of Iovis. Chicago Review 44, no. 1 (1998): 117-130. This review from a feminist critical perspective suggests that Waldman’s choice of a male mythical god for her title was deliberately ironic given her feminism and shows how Waldman begins by celebrating Jove but then brings in female myths from Najavo and Gaelic culture, which, along with her own story, come to dominate the poem.

Osman, Jena. “Tracking a Poem in Time: The Shifting States of Anne Waldman’s ’Makeup on Empty Space.’” Jacket 27 (April, 2005). Examines Waldman’s concept of the “wakeful state, through language that stays alive.” Focuses on Waldman’s poem “Makeup on Empty Space,” showing how this concept is realized through an “organic” method of collaborative change, with the poem leading outside itself to other ideas and works of art—a poem, a dance, a book, a day.

Sadoff, Ira. “On the Margins: Part Two.” American Poetry Review 35, no. 2 (March/April, 2006): 51-55. This article discusses several experimental poets’ work and literary style, including themes of Waldman’s prose poems. Focuses on her dramatic poem “Stereo.” Also touches on the stylistic techniques of women poets Lyn Hejinian and Claudia Rankine.

Smith, Larry. “Embracing the Wild...

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