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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

ANNE WALDMAN in the area 

ANNE WALDMAN READING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AT 7:30 PM
FIRST FLOOR LOUNGE OF FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY

“Verses for the New Amazing Grace” by Anne Waldman

The grace of all the bards who pen
Their words do transport me
Sweet vowels and consonants strengthen Goddess Poesy’s legacy

Heart pearls roll off the poets’ tongues
Who chant in praise of love
Troubadours blessed with hearty lungs
Esoterics zapped from above

Sappho’s bite and Shakespeare’s wit
& Dante’s mystical climb
Dickinson’s rhyme, bearded Whitman’s breath
Are etched in genetic spine

And if the planet cease to spin
Sad universe go silent, dark
Ancient poetry's echoes will make a din
Rekindle the primordial spark

O I bow down to Christ's thorny crown
All sacraments meant to heal
The Buddha's smile, old Yaweh's frown
And Allah's consummate zeal

But poetry's a Goddess sent
To save a wretch like me
She strums the strings of life's desperate edge
With her haunting melody.

--TD

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