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Anne Waldman receives Lifetime Achievement Award in the American Book Awards!

Jack Kerouac School Founder, acclaimed author, and distinguished educator Anne Waldman has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Thirty-Sixth Annual
American book Awards! As always, we are incredibly honored to have such an amazing woman not just in our school, but in our presence.

Anne Waldman from New York City’s Greenwich Village is a celebrated poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist , a former director and founder of The Poetry project at St Marks’s Church In-the- Bowery and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing Program. Although a generation younger, Allen Ginsberg often referred to Anne Waldman as his “spiritual wife” and she has been designated a “countercultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative poem Manatee/Humanity ( Penguin Poets 2009), and the feminist 1,000 page epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House 2011)which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Her books of essays include Vow to Poetry, and Outrider. Other recent poetry books include Gossamurmur, (Penguin Poets 2013). Jaguar Harmonics (Post-Apollo Press 2014) and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House 2014), co-edited with Laura Wright. Her forthcoming book is Voice’s Daughter of A Heart Yet To Be Born, 2016. She is known for her magnetizing public performances and frequently collaborates with musicians and dancers, including Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore and her son Ambrose Bye. Waldman is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013-14) and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She has recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, 2015. She has presented her work in festivals all over the world, most recently in India, Morocco, Italy, Finland, Germany and France.
Her extensive Archive resides at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her website is http//www.annewaldman.org.

POETIC MANIFESTO IN TWO PARTS

By Heather Sweeney

Part I

THE ENDANGERED POETRY ACT

The U.S.E.P.A. was established in 2014 through feral action and by encouraging the establishment of untamed poets and programs. The 2014 E.P.A. provides conservation of poetry upon which threatened poets, writers, visionaries, renegades, dissidents, and radicals depend.

The Act:

  • Prohibits unauthorized sale, deportation, or degradation of poetry
  • Provides poetry the authority to acquire space and territory
  • Authorizes assessment of violations and established karmic penalties for violating the laws
  • Protects an imperiled species of poems and/or the poem may live as wildlife
  • Ensures, as a result of industrial and economic development, concern and conservation
  • Safeguards the poem that steals or borrows from other poems and documents
  • Enshrines the volume of the poem
  • Conserves the vibration of the poem
  • Reserves the right of poets and artists to live within fragments
  • Defends the unholy real within the poem
  • Preserves the right of poetry to exist in public space
  • Grants sanctuary for the erased and for erasures
  • Grants space for the bone, tooth and tusk

Poems that back down are not protected under this law.

Poems that enclose themselves are not protected under this law.

Poems that are unmoving mammoths are not protected.

Poems with fake auras are not protected.

Poems that hide behind their own shit are not protected.

For example, misogynisitic poems that hide behind the fact that they are writing a poem are not protected.

This is a real document.

Part II

NOTES ON SURVIVAL

The past survives only by your will

The individual survives due to questioning

Beauty survives

Poetry survives because of hunger

Poetry survives because it is “the original religion of mankind” (Novalis)

Humanity survives but has its leakages

Religion survives because it keeps failure alive

Reincarnation survives due to patterns

Morality survives to justify murder

Prism

Consciousness survives because of birds

Consumption survives due to comparisons

The Media Circus survives due to the invention of fear

Repetition survives because of ancestral longing

A spectrum of birds

Disobedience survives because it is the great equalizer

Justice survives but only in small doses

Art survives because of the carnival in your eyes

The universe exists but I am tethered to earth by a large rope moving beyond the clouds and into the ethers
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Heather Sweeney is an MFA candidate in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She has been published in Dusie, Cutbank, Shampoo and canwehaveourballback?. When she is not in Boulder, she lives in San Diego with her husband and beloved dog, Dexter.