|Anne Waldman by Gloria Graham|
Why Anne Waldman Should Matter to You
If she doesn’t already:
1. She’s Allen Ginsberg’s “spiritual wife.”
2. She founded the first Buddhist engaged program with Allen Ginsberg called the Jack Keroauc School of Disembodied Poets at Naropa University in Colorado.
3. Her life’s work benefits you directly. Her chants for peace, women’s rights, against extinction of endangered species, for poetry, for accountability for nuclear waste are just some of what she’s already doing for you, tiny human, right now.
4. She is one of the founders and directors of The Poetry Project at St. Marks’s Church In-the-Bowery, having served as director there for twelve years. That’s right, the same place where Patti and Lenny did their first spoken word show.
5. She is the bridge between poetry and music, her voice is an instrument, her words are the song of the universe written just for you.
In short, Anne Waldman is that rare voice that encourages the voices of others. She teaches you how to sing your words, beat your drum. She is an American treasure in every sense of that word: artist, teacher, dancer, singer, poet, muse, goddess.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Come see for yourself at the place where all goddesses go: that sacred redwood grove on Highway 1 we like to call the Henry Miller Memorial Library where she’ll be giving a show on Thursday, September 19th, at 7:00pm. During this special fundraising event you will also be treated to the wondrous musician Ambrose Bye, poet Sara Goodman, and the illustrious Father John Misty.
See you there . . .