Monday, April 6, 2009

Bowery Arts and Science and Penguin present: Anne Waldman and Ann Lauterbach

The Bowery Poetry Club, April 10th @6:00pm, Event is Free

308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker) F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker 212-614-0505

Book Party for Manatee/Humanity and Or To Begin Again published by Penguin Press

Anne Waldman's new investigative hybrid-poem explores the nuances of inter-species communication and compassion. It draws on animal lore, animal encounters (with grey wolf and manatee), dreams, evolutionary biology, neuroscience and Buddhist ritual to render a text of remarkable sympathy, reciprocity and power. The poem asks questions as well as urging further engagement with the endangered (including our human selves). Part performance litany, part survival kit, part worried mammalian soundings, Waldman explores, as ever, what it means to inhabit our condition through language and imagination inside a wheel of time. This is the mature work of a philosophical field poet with a shamanic metabolism.

Anne Waldman, a widely acclaimed poet, editor, performer, teacher, and activist, is the author of more than forty books and small press editions of poetry. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award and the Shelly Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Waldman is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, where she is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Summer Writing Program. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and New York City.

Ann Lauterbach Or To Begin AgainAnn Lauterbach's eighth work of poetry, Or to Begin Again, takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy that resists its own end, as it meditates on the nearness of specific attachment and loss against the mute background of historical forces in times of war. In the center of the book is a multi-part narrative, "Alice in the Wasteland,"inspired by Lewis Carroll's great character and T.S. Eliot's 1922 modernist poem. Alice is accosted by an invisible Voice as she wanders and wonders about the nature of language in relation to perception. In this volume, Lauterbach again shows the range of her formal inventiveness, demonstrating the visual dynamics of the page in tandem with the powerful musical cadences and imagery of a contemporary master.

Ann Lauterbach is Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has also been, since 1991, co-chair of Writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She is also a visiting core critic at the Yale Graduate School of the Arts. As well as receiving Guggenheim, New York State Foundation for the Arts, and Ingram Merrill Fellowships, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. She has published eight collections of poems, most recently Hum, as well as a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience.

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