Waldman set for Olson lecture

Anne Waldman will give the third annual Charles Olson lecture on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, delivering a talk titled “Robert Duncan’s Dream.”

Waldman first met Charles Olson at the celebrated Berkeley Poetry Conference in 1965, held at the campus of the University of California, attended by many post modernist poets, many who now are recognized for their work, some of which was once considered counter-culture and often shunned by the mainstream press at the time.

“(This meeting with Olson) changed my life and set me on the spiritual path of poetry,” Waldman said through a statement. “I had already been to Gloucester, a kind of Maximus pilgrimage, but then saw Olson later in London in 1967 at an international festival which again, his performance there, re-confirmed my desires to enter the poem-zone.” Gloucester’s Charles Olson (1910-1970), a Post Modern poet, left a legacy that continues to have world-wide influence among both an old guard and new guard of scholars and writers. His last work, titled “The Maximus Poems,” is an epic poem that centered on Gloucester as a microcosm of the world.

Waldman’s talk draws from a seminal dream from Robert Duncan’s “The H.D. Book,” and the notion of the poet’s job as “looking into the darkness of one’s time.” This presentation will reference the Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, cultural activism, and Waldman’s own investigations into symbiosis, cellular memory and drone technology. The lecture will be accompanied by a presentation of images relating to the entire text.

What: Anne Waldman – Robert Duncan’s Dream
When: Sat. Oct 13, 2012 3:00 pm
Where: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, MA
Price: Free and open to the public

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