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Poet Anne Waldman gives advice to young writers

Hey kids, this video is for those of you dreaming about becoming writers – especially poets – when you’re older.

Here, poet Anne Waldman urges reverence for the craft, while singling out the essential role of reading. “Don’t read for the fashion,” she says. “Pick somebody that you’re drawn to and read all of their work.”

Regarding the writing process, Waldman calls it “a sacred act”, adding that “writing can be beautiful, witty, and entertaining but it’s a serious commitment”.

Waldman has published more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics including ‘Fast Speaking Woman’ (1975), the multi-volume ‘Iovis’ project (1992, 1993, 1997), ‘Marriage: A Sentence’ (2000), ‘Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet to Be Born (2016), and ‘Trickster Feminism’ (2018).

View the original video here.

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