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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. The entire class is Anne reading selections from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. (Continued from 77p073.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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Second half of an Anne Waldman class about language and consciousness. This half of the class is devoted to student work, assignments, and a writing exercise. (Continued from 86P037)
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 6. Waldman lectures on the work of Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan and John Ashbery. Waldman also discusses dream analysis. (Series continues on 79P036)
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Second half of an Anne Waldman workshop on writing. The class begins with a discussion about what led people to come to the conference. Waldman talks about how she became involved with the Beats and came to Boulder, the founding of Naropa, and Kerouac's influence on the school. She reads and discusses part of an interview with William Carlos Williams, about writing poetry, and selections from Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and other poets. Students read their work and Waldman comments and...
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A class with Anne Waldman reading and discussing Frank O'Hara's poems, including: "Steps," "Ave Maria," and "In Memory of My Feelings."
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School
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Anne Waldman, Rotating Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, June 1980. Waldman concludes her first class on Troilus and Cressida, giving a writing assignment based on the play and playing audio recordings of scenes from the play. (Continued from 80P139). This is class 2 of 4.
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Second half of a class by Anne Waldman. Waldman discusses potential ways of working, using collage as an example. She focuses on John Keats's "Negative capability" and Robert Creeley's "A sense of measure." The class concludes with student work and discussion. (Continued from 86P041)
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Second half of an Anne Waldman class, continuing her series from the summer of 1977 on women writers. Waldman focuses on the writer Djuna Barns and her novel Nightwood. She also introduces the poet Marilyn Hacker to the class. Hacker is in the class and discusses her work and her lineage as a female writer. (Continued from 77P077)
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Second half of the final class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977, primarily consisting of student presentations. Each student reports on a subject that they have chosen for further study and then presents that subject to the entire class. Waldman makes a few closing remarks and reads from Gertrude Stein's "Why do you feel differently?" (Continued from 77P083)
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First half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977, focusing on the life and work of Gertrude Stein. The class includes student discussion with Waldman lecturing on Stein's life and style of writing, readings from Stein's books Lifting Belly, Three Lives, and Tender Buttons, and a brief introduction to the plays of Christopher Knowles. (Continued on 77P082.)
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Anne Waldman leads a workshop on the sources, sounds, and structures of poetry. She reads extensively from an interview with William Carlos Williams and discusses his ideas and his relation to Jack Kerouac. She reads and discusses her own work, including "Two hearts," a sonnet modeled on Sir Philip Sidney, and her poem "Skin, meat, bones." Waldman also examines the writing and ideas of Frank O'Hara, Gertrude Stein, Philip Whalen and others. In response to a question from a...
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Second half of Anne Waldman's lecture on performance poetry and shamanism. Waldman plays examples of performance poetry. (Continued from 87P033)
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A class in a series by Anne Waldman, "Poet as shaman," part 1. Students read and discuss dreams that they have recorded. Also included are discussions of Navajo songs, snake medicine songs, and an all night chant with mushrooms. (Series continues on 79P031)
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Second half of an Ann Waldman class on spirit in poetry. Waldman discusses the medieval Christian poem "Dream of the rood," Walt Whitman's mystical experience, ecstasy and revelation, and other aspects of the relationship between poetry and spiritual experience. (Continued from 89P033)
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Anne Waldman, Rotating Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, June 1980. Waldman presents a class on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, discussing the historical, biographical, and cultural context of the play as well as exploring the main characters and reading from the more famous speeches of the play. (Continued on 80P140). This is class 1 of 4.
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First half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This class finishes the discussion of Sappho from her previous class (77P067-068), and then moves into the writer HD. The bulk of the class is about the history and writing of HD. Toward the end the class is introduced to Robert Graves's "The White Goddess" and to Gertrude Stein. (Continued on 77p069.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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A class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. The class is introduced to the life and work of Monique Wittig. She also finishes notes on Jane Austen. Toward the end of the lecture, Anne Waldman introduces the class to the life and work of Viginia Woolf, and there is a little more about HD (Hilda Doolittle).
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This class is a brief history of female writers in Greece with a focus on Sappho. Sappho's poems are read in Greek as well as in translation. Sappho's life and work are discussed. (Continued from 77p66.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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An Anne Waldman reading at Naropa University on an unknown date. Waldman reads "Crack in the world," and "Pieces of an hour."
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First half of an Ann Waldman class on spirit in poetry. Waldman discusses the relationship between poetry and the sacred. She draws on a wide variety of material, including the work of Ted Berrigan, Charles Olson, Sumerian mythology, Dante, and Buddhist treasure texts.(Continues on 89P034)
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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977, focusing on the life and work of Gertrude Stein. The class includes student discussion with Waldman lecturing on Stein's life and style of writing, readings from Stein's books Lifting Belly, Three Lives, and Tender Buttons, and a brief introduction to the plays of Christopher Knowles. (Continued from 77P081)
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First half of an Anne Waldman lecture on the use of the cut-up technique in the work of William S. Burroughs, tracing it from its early development through his later work. She reads from Burroughs's writing and an interview with him in The Paris Review, plays his cut-up tapes, and talks about how Burroughs extended the idea of cut-ups beyond writing to a way of understanding the universe in magical and mystical terms. (Continued on 85P068)
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This tape is of a Gertrude Stein Marathon reading. It is the second of two tapes that includes Naropa students and faculty performing poems and a play by Stein. Performed works include "Short Sentances," "History Slowly", "As a Wife Has a Cow: A Love Story," and Making of Americans."(89P099)
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First half of an Anne Waldman workshop on writing. The class begins with a discussion about what led people to come to the Kerouac conference. Waldman talks about how she became involved with the Beats and came to Boulder, the founding of Naropa, and Kerouac's influence on the school. She reads and discusses part of an interview with William Carlos Williams, about writing poetry, and selections from Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and other poets. Students read their work and Waldman...
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Second half of an Anne Waldman class on women writers from the summer of 1977. Waldman focuses on the poets Sei Shonagon, Collette, Helen Adam, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Joanne Kyger, and Bernadette Mayer. This recording begins with a continuation from the previous tape of an audio cassete with a Bernadette Mayer reading. Waldman plays another tape by Gertrude Stein, reading selections from her "Making of Americans." (Continued from 77P079)
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Anne Waldman lectures on performance and poetry, focusing on the poet as shaman. She defines performance poetry, traces its history in relation to ritual and healing, and looks at how present day poets continue to function as shamans by receiving wisdom through suffering and conducting rituals for the benefit of society. She describes the work of Mircea Eliade and gives examples of contemporary shamanistic practices. During the second part of the lecture she reads and plays recordings of 20th...
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First half of a class by Anne Waldman. Waldman discusses potential ways of working, using collage as an example. She focuses on John Keats's "Negative capability" and Robert Creeley's "A sense of measure." The class concludes with student work and discussion. (Continues on 86P042)
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Second half of an Anne Waldman class. Waldman discusses Elizabeth Bishop's poems, including "Twelve o'clock news," followed by a brief class discussion of Bishop and translation. (Continued from 86P038)
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First half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. The class consists of notes on Jane Austen and readings of her work, discussion of Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, and a discussion of the goddess and her role in women's writings. Readings make up most of the class. (Continued on 77p073.)
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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This class is about Emily Dickinson. Her life and work are discusssed in great detail. Anne reads Dickinson's work and offers information on Dickinson's biography, poetry, and letters. (Continued from 77p068.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This includes a discussion and brief history of Jane Austen, including biographical and other critical information that is referenced in other tapes. (Continued from 77p070.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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Second half of an Anne Waldman class exploring the ways and purposes, such as artistic or spiritual, to write from voices and perspectives other than one's own. Waldman discussed ideas for writing and performance. (Continued from 88P062)
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First half of the final class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. Waldman continues the discussion about Gertrude Stein that began in the August 15th class. She reads excerpts from Stein's book Lifting Belly, "A piece of coffee" from Stein's book Tender Buttons, followed by Stein's comments on "A piece of coffee." Waldman also reads some of Clark Coolidge's work and compares it to that of Stein....
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 4. Waldman discusses ways traditional religions and cultures have transformed in order to survive, and what happens when surviving symbols become empty. The class aslo discusses the social functions of dreams. (Series continues on 79P034)
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 5. In this class students present their questions to Waldman about what has happened in the series so far. (Series continues on 79P035)
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Second half of a class, in a series of classes by Anne Waldman on "Shamanic Poetries." Waldman presents the ideas of dreamwork in shamanism. Also included is a class discussion on Irish poet William Butler Yeats's "Crazy Jane" poems. (Continued from 86P035)
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First half of an Anne Waldman class about language and consciousness, with particular emphasis on the Navajo language and the work of Gertrude Stein. Waldman reads selections from Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer, Emily Dickinson, Stein, her own work, and others. (Continues on 86P037A)
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First half of an Anne Waldman class. Waldman discusses the poets Arthur Rimbaud, Ezra Pound, Emily Dickenson, and Sappho. There is also a question and answer session. (Continues on 86P039)
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 3. Waldman discusses the Aztec Quetzalcoatl myth, as well as Christian myths. Students continue to talk about dreams from the previous class. (Series continues on 79P033)
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A class in a series by Anne Waldman, "Poet as Shaman," part 10. Class topics include Michael McClure's "Ghost Tantras," Buddhism in the Kerouac School, and Hugo Ball.
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 7. Waldman begins the class with a discussion of Rocky Flats demonstrations and vigils. The class moves on to an analysis of the work of John Ashberry and Helen Adam, followed by Waldman lecturing on Picasso. (Series continues on 79P035)
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First half of a class, in a series of classes by Anne Waldman on "Shamanic Poetries." Waldman discusses the definitions and possibilities of shamanic poetries, the prehistoric roots of shamanism, and how to personalize your cosmos. She also presents ideas from Tibetan rituals and Tibetan folk dramas. (Continues on 86P036)
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A class in a series by Anne Waldman, "Poet as Shaman," part 4. Waldman discusses Louis Zukovsky's translations of Dante and defines candidates for shamanism. (Series continues on 79P038)
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First half of an Anne Waldman class, continuing her series from the summer of 1977 on women writers. This is one of the final classes, discussing the lives of Marianne Moore, Rebecca Brown, Lorine Niedecker, and Jane Bowels. Waldman reads selections from the writers' works. There is also a discussion of future classes, and a question and answer session. (Continues on 77P077)
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Second half of an Anne Waldman class, continuing her series from the summer of 1977 on women writers, focusing on Virginia Woolf. She begins by reading invocations written by students, then reads and discusses selections from Woolf's work, including "To the lighthouse" and "Mrs. Dalloway." The class concludes with a question and answer session.(Continued from 77P075)
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First half of an Anne Waldman class, continuing her series from the summer of 1977 on women writers, focusing on Virginia Woolf. She begins by reading invocations written by students, then reads and discusses selections from Woolf's work, including "To the lighthouse" and "Mrs. Dalloway." The class concludes with a question and answer session. (Continued on 77P076)
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First half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This class comtinues the discussion of Emily Dickinson. Poems and letters are read by Anne Waldman. The class also continues the discussion of the goddess in female writing and is introduced to the work and artistry of Jane Austen. (Continues on 77p071.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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Second half of an Anne Waldman lecture on the use of the cut-up technique in the work of William S. Burroughs, tracing it from its early development through his later work. She reads from Burroughs's writing and an interview with him in The Paris Review, plays his cut-up tapes, and talks about how Burroughs extended the idea of cut-ups beyond writing to a way of understanding the universe in magical and mystical terms. (Continued from 85P067)
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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This class is about Emily Dickinson. Her life and work are discusssed in great detail. Anne reads Dickinson's work and offers information on Dickinson's biography, poetry, and letters. (Continued from 77p068.) Keyword: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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First half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. The class consists of notes on Jane Austen and readings of her work, discussion of Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, and a discussion of the goddess and her role in women's writings. Readings make up most of the class. (Continued on 77p073.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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First half of an Anne Waldman class on women writers from the summer of 1977. Waldman focuses on the poets Sei Shonagon, Collette, Helen Adam, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Joanne Kyger, and Bernadette Mayer. Waldman plays several audio cassettes of the poets reading their own work. (Continues on 77P080)
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A class given by Anne Waldman on the work of Gertrude Stein. Waldman gives background on herself, Stein, and the various artists and cultural influences on Stein's context of twentieth century France.
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One in a series of classes given by Anne Waldman on the work of Gertrude Stein at the Naropa Institute. In this class Waldman focuses on Stein's play Four saints in three acts, reading from the play and discussing its background, language, and production.
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 2. The works of poets Frank O'Hara and Charles Olson are discussed along with the ideas of poems as journeys or other worlds, and dreaming and butterfly imagery in the poetry of Chang-Tzu. (Series continues on 79P032)
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A class in a series by Anne Waldman, "Poet as Shaman," part 9. Waldman discusses Gertrude Stein. The students read aloud sections of Stein's work, followed by a class discussion and a student presentation on Druids. (Series continues on 79P039)
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An Anne Waldman reading. Introduced by Allen Ginsberg, Waldman reads eleven of her poems including "Cable blue mosque."
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This first class of Waldman's graduate Gertrude Stein seminar centers on Stein's book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. The class discusses their reading of the text in-depth and Waldman lectures on Stein's earlier life, her teachers, brother and her relationship with Alice B. Toklas.
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Anne Waldman, Rotating Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, June 1980. Waldman presents a second class on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, discussing the post-apocalyptic quality of the play, Shakespeare's genius, the nihilism and "modernity" of the play, its status as a "problem play" and its relationships with other of Shakespeare's problem plays. A love scene from Romeo and Juliet is compared with a love scene from Troilus and Cressida, and a passage from Milton is read...
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Anne Waldman and Peter Warshall lecture on the biosphere, the noosphere, nature and mind. Waldman explains Teilhard de Chardin's idea of the noosphere and goes on to explore the relationship between human beings and nature, including the ways in which we are destroying our own environment. She connects our situation to the Buddhist concept of the six realms of existence. Warshall defines the extent of the biosphere in which life exists. He talks about his experience as a biologist for the...