23 August 2011

Song of the Day

Instead of posting an actual song today, I'm going to post a link to the poetic chant "Fast Speaking Woman" by Anne Waldman. This is only an excerpt. When I read the long-form of the poem, I enjoyed the way she took a concept and continually built on it by deviating from it and then returning to it in a cyclical path. I also really admired how she went from one sentence to another by building on word sounds, using language as a means of progression and discovery. 

There are two other poems by Anne Waldman that I really like, but I can't find them on Youtube so I'm just going to type up the text here. The first is actually part two of a three-piece poem, "A Book of Events": 
In Her Lament 
the saint is a woman scorned
wash your hair
your skirts
scent your hands with myrrh 
say you will never die of love


The second is a little bit longer, but has such a great rhythm:

after Lorca

She wants to be weaving
imaginary flores
all these for
the end of time
In a nearby kitchen
5 yellow grapefruit 
5 wounds of Christ
She doesn't cackle
she gives up her pain
- something outside -
distant - ho -
where did her youth
her sex go?
What reminds her of what?
A white dress loosens
Her heart of herbs, sugar,
of spice
isn't broken
Longitudinal pain recedes
further back
20 suns above blink on, off
on, off

She reverts tension to 
flowers, horizontal
light playing 
a game over her window

on, off


the walking man said...

Good read, quite the excerpt of her work. I can see why an audience would be entertained. The other two, like the first seem to me to cry out for respect for her gender. Which is cool it is a needed cry but then it is written specifically for a single audience for only the most perceptive male or partner would "get it."

So how be that job going tired of paying my social security yet?

Chris said...

I agree that her stuff can be off-putting because some of it is a bit too feminist. The job is going well; it's day three and I haven't wanted to kill myself yet. So that's good, right?