Marriage by Anne Waldman
A Sentence (Poets, Penguin)

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In her latest collection of poems, internationally renowned poet Anne Waldman examines our most misunderstood institution-marriage.

Anne Waldman's new collection is a set of high-spirited poetic meditations on the delights and pitfalls of marriage in all its guises--traditional marriages, same sex marriages, the nuclear couple in the contemporary context. Marriage: A Sentence weaves together folklore, autobiographical detail, a meditation on the first five days of the marriage of famed modernist dancer Nijinsky, memory, dream, politics, and the play between opposites and dualities. The work is based on the traditional form of the "haibun," in which a prose-like poem is coupled with a condensed lyric poem of the same theme. The overall drive in this innovative work is an impulse to restore and maintain the spiritual life of marriage in all its diverse manifestations. Lyrical and "berserk," this is Waldman's most exciting, energetic, and accessible work yet.

"Combination of oracle, siren and den mother, Waldman's poetry is a compendium of dreams, journal entries, letters, chants and overheard conversations, it deploys everything from sonnets to chunks of Buddhist philosophy seized as pure truth."-- Ken Tucker, The New York Times Book Review

About Anne Waldman

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Anne Waldman is a widely acclaimed poet, editor, performer, teacher, and activist. She is the author of more than thirty books including, most recently, "In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems," She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute where she teaches.
Published May 1, 2000 by Penguin Books. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction