Beat Generation performer captivates
audience with 'language of poetry'
By Megan Sonderegger
March 3, 2006 | The bright lights and expressively
dynamic poetry readings of Anne Waldman, one of the
Beat Generation performers, drew audience members to
the edge of their seats in Thursday nights Tanner Symposium
Accompanied by saxophonist Matt Bailey, Waldman used
her bright, exotic apparel, bold imitational body language
and extremely dynamic voice to "speak the language of
"She was very expressive; it was hard to not pay attention"
said Jeremy Toone, a student at Utah State.
Several audience members said they felt Waldman, who
considers herself a cultural activist, expressed political
and cultural ideals on war, animal rights and feminism
through the literature she performed.
"People communicate through poetry," Waldman said.
Waldman said she began performing on stage in the
1950s when she had "a very small voice" but finally
found her inner voice after bearing her first child.
"I found a deeper voice, and different dynamics,"
Waldman said, impressing this revelation by howling
loudly and than hissing softly.
Waldman said she loves language and feels it is an
incredible time for the expansion of literature through
the expression of brilliant younger generations.
The Tanner Symposium on the Beat Generation continues
in the Performance Hall through Friday.