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The Iovis Trilogy
, Anne Waldman's monumental feminist epic, traverses epochs, cultures, and genres to create a visionary call to poetic arms. Iovis
details the misdeeds of the Patriarch, and with a fierce imagination queries and subverts his warmongering. All of Waldman's themes come into focusfriendship, motherhood, politics, and Buddhist wisdom. This is epic poetry that goes beyond the old injunction, "to include history"its effort is to change
This transformative twenty-five-year labor is published here for the first time in its historic entirety, including the first two out-of-print volumes.
"New York City prophet and seer of daily life, beat or postbeat feminist pioneer, known for her work with Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg as well as for her riveting live performances, Waldman (Manatee/ Humanity) has in four decades of books and events stayed strange, a charismatic outsider, even as her long career has gathered respect. Begun in the 1980s (Book I appeared in 1993), this mammoth work may be the summit of that career: with chants, meditations, letters to the poet, synopses of ancient and recent Greek, South and East Asian, Latin American and U.S. history, ideograms, mythography, and much else, Iovis is Waldman's attempt at a new world history, a radical re-creation myth, an homage to Blake's epics and Pound's cantos, and a mystic or matriarchal answer to the male-dominated civilization (Jove or Iovis, the male god) that we have known. To the first two books published in 1993 and 1996 Waldman adds an all-new third: set in New York, India, Vienna, and many other sites, it looks at a series of wars, from ancient Rome to Vietnam and Iraq, imagining their consequences and their alternatives in meditative practice, in travel, in song. 'To validate/ or calculate/ cosmological parameters/ of singing/ her need,' Waldman sets 'this world of Warring States' against 'she who painted like the Taoist Ritual... or the Dipper Mother/ reincarnated.' A book to admire, to pay homage to, to get lost in, Waldman's epic goes splendidly on and on, mixing the shamanistic with the diaristic, the topical with the prayerful, incorporating almost everything, from a 'Femanifesto: Plurality' to an account of how 'Robert Creeley Came to Me Turning to Che in a Dream.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Anne Waldman is an amazing woman. Long the fire and light behind Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, she's the author of over 40 books, the recipient of countless prizes and grants, and has most recently been elected to the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets. She's travelled everywhere, knows everyone, and has done everything. And now she's produced her magnum opus, a huge, sprawling, 1,009-page book called The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment
." Chris Faatz, Powells.com
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About the Author
Deemed a countercultural giant” by Publishers Weekly,
Anne Waldman is one of the best known and celebrated female poets not only in the U.S., but around the world. A prominent figure of the Beat Generation and New York School, she has had close ties with poets such as Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Ted Berrigan and Barbara Guest, and she was a poet-in-residence during Bob Dylans Rolling Thunder Revue Tour. She has published over forty books of poetry, including Fast Speaking Woman, Marriage: A Sentence, In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems,
She is also editor and co-editor of numerous anthologies: The Beat Book, Civil Disobediences, Angel Hair Sleeps With A Boy In My Head,
and Beats at Naropa.
Her work may also be found in numerous films, videos, and sound recordings.
She was one of the founders and directors of the St. Marks Poetry Project from 1966 to 1978. She and Allen Ginsberg also co-founded The Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, the first Buddhist-inspired school in the West. Currently Waldman is Artistic Director and Chair of its renowned Summer Writing Program.
Waldman has received numerous awards and honors for her poetry, including The Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, The Poets Foundation Award, The National Literary Anthology Award, and The Shelley Memorial Award for poetry.
Her play Red Noir was produced by Judith Malinas Living Theater in NYC in 2010. She has performed on the world stage, from Madrid to Mumbai, from Beijing to Berlin, from Prague to Nicaragua. She divides her time between Boulder, Colorado and Greenwich Village, New York City.