Poetry in Performance
with Ha-Yang Kim, cello &
Ambrose Bye, keyboard, electronics
Legendary poet Anne Waldman will present a recital of new and selected pieces, including poetry selections from her new book, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, a 1000 page montage epic taking on issues of war and patriarchy, just published by Coffee House Press.
She will be joined by celebrated cellist and composer Ha-Yang Kim with whom she has recently performed in Marrakech and Paris, and with her son Ambrose Bye, a frequent collaborator who has designed breathtaking soundscapes for her poetry.
Presented with Poetry Society of America
The Iovis Trilogy is on sale at the Shop@ RMA
$40.00 (10% off for members)
"Begun in the 1980s, this mammoth work may be the summit of [Waldman's] career and . . . an attempt at a new world history, a radical re-creation myth, an homage to Blake's epics and Pound's cantos, and a mystic or matriarchal answer to the male-dominated civilization that we have known. . . . A book to admire, to pay homage to, to get lost in, Waldman's epic goes splendidly on and on, mixing the shamanistic with the diaristic, the topical with the prayerful, incorporating almost everything . . . " - Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Iovis Trilogy, Anne Waldman's monumental feminist epic, traverses epochs, cultures, and genres to create a visionary call to poetic arms. Iovis details the misdeeds of the Patriarch, and with a fierce imagination queries and subverts his warmongering. All of Waldman's themes come into focus-friendship, motherhood, politics, and Buddhist wisdom. This is epic poetry that goes beyond the old injunction, "to include history"-its effort is to change history.
This transformative twenty-five-year labor is published here for the first time in its historic entirety, including the first two out-of-print volumes.
Deemed a "countercultural giant" by Publishers Weekly, Anne Waldman is one of the best known and celebrated female poets not only in the United States, but around the world. A prominent figure of the Beat Generation and New York School, she has had close ties with poets such as Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Ted Berrigan, and Barbara Guest, and she was a poet in residence during Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue Tour. She has published over forty books of poetry, including Fast Speaking Woman, Marriage: A Sentence, In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems, and Manatee/Humanity. She has also edited numerous anthologies including The Beat Book, Civil Disobediences, Angel Hair Sleeps with a Boy In My Head, and Beats at Naropa. She has performed on the world stage from Madrid to Mumbai, from Beijing to Berlin, from Prague to Nicaragua. She divides her time between Boulder, Colorado, and Greenwich Village, New York.
Anne Waldman is an internationally acclaimed poet, performer, professor, and editor with strong personal links to the New York School, the Beat Literary Movement, and the experimental strands of the New American Poetry. Anne concentrates on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble, Manatee/Humanity (all Penguin Poets, 2009), and her magnum opus, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors In The Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011). Her 40 books and chapbooks of poetry also include Skin Meat Bones, Helping The Dreamer, Vow To Poetry: Essays, Interviews, & Manifestos, In The Room of Never Grieve (all Coffee House Press) and Kill or Cure (Penguin Poets). She is also the author of Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights, San Francisco), now translated into Italian, Czech, French, and Spanish. She is editor of The Beat Book (Shambhala Publications) and co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology (Granary Books), Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (Coffee House Press, 2004) and Beats at Naropa (Coffee House Press, 2009). Over the course of her career, Waldman has collaborated on works with artists Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle, George Schneeman, Donna Dennis, Pat Steir, and Kiki Smith; musicians Don Cherry and Steve Lacy; dancer Douglas Dunn; filmmaker and husband Ed Bowes; and her son, musician/composer Ambrose Bye.
Waldman currently serves as Artistic Director of the celebrated Summer Writing program at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, a school she co-founded with poet Allen Ginsberg in 1974. During their long friendship and work together, Allen Ginsberg called her his "spiritual wife" and she has spiritedly continued their vision of keeping the world safe for poetry. Waldman was Assistant Director (1966-1968) and the Director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project (1968-1978), a time during which she edited The World Anthology, Another World and Out of This World, which included the writings of cutting-edge and culturally active poets and writers associated with The Poetry Project. She also recently served on the Board of the Bowery Poetry Club and Issue Project Room in New York City and currently serves on The Poetry Project's Friends Committee. In 2011, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, joining such luminaries as Ron Padgett, Victor Hernández Cruz, and C.K.Williams.
A student of Buddhism for a number of years, Waldman has worked actively for social change, and has been involved with the Rocky Flats Truth Force, Poets Against the War, and Poetry is News Coalition, among other organizations. In addition to projects on her home turf, Waldman has been instrumental in encouraging poetry projects worldwide. She has appeared on stages from Berlin to Caracas, from Mumbai to Beijing, and has performed at festivals in Nicaragua, Madrid, Prague, Mumbai, Kolkata, Paris, and Brussels. She recently returned from India where she lectured and presented her work to Muslim students in Kerala state as an ambassador of the U.S. State Department.
Waldman is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, a winner of the Shelley Memorial Award, and the 2002 recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. Her extensive historical and literary archive resides at the Hatcher Graduate Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.