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Outrider
Anne Waldman
La Alameda Press, 2006
178 pp.; $18.00 (paper)

"Outrider is a line of demarcation. It's words-obsession for the honor, dignity of a mind ill at ease, restless, jumping from desk to orally standing-at-attention, examining itself. A maker of poetry." This is Anne Waldman's first of many descriptions of the poetic Outrider tradition celebrated in this collection of poems, essays, and interviews. Outrider is a term she adopted in 1974 to capture the spirit of the poetry program she founded with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University; for Waldman, Outrider is a lineage that extends back to Walt Whitman and includes all of those American poets who resisted the trends of the day in search of something new.

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