Anne Waldman, born April 2, 1945, is (those magical numbers!) 69 years old today!
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We, at the Allen Ginsberg Project, choose to spotlight today, her 2009 Penguin volume – Manatee/Humanity (“a research project, a documentary project, it’s actually a whole book”) and her reading from and presentation of it for the Academy of American Poets a couple of months back, as part of their “Poet-to-Poet” educational project for (oh yes, it’s that time of the year again – April! – just the perfect timing for..) National Poetry Month!
Anne and Ambrose are interviewed (together) here – “I think the anaphoric litany section with the recording of the manatee song and with Ambrose’s own vocals at the end actualizes this magic of wedded brain waves and when Ambrose would do this live, I felt called to respond in kind…” Anne declares.
“I agree”, says Ambrose, “it happens in the live performance”.
Here’s the text of the opening section (“..the manatee has no natural enemies but unnatural man/the manatee is constantly threatened by unatural man unnaturally..”)
Gossamurmur (2013) is the most recent of Anne’s Penguin titles
but Manitee/Humanity and Gossamurmur are just two of “more than forty collections of poetry and poetics” from an energetic, energizing, and seemingly-inexhaustible voice.
Happy Birthday, Anne! “making the world safe for poetry”