In putting together this feature on our teacher and friend Anne Waldman, I would mention to potential contributors that in my editorial budget I had slugged the description of what I was looking for from everyone as “My Anne.” What came to mind when you thought of Anne Waldman and her impact upon your life.
For me it was how accepting she was, how forgiving she’s been. Anne has entrusted me, entrusted Boog with her words from soon after we met. The first work of hers that we published was back in 1993 when we did a short-run broadside of her poem cutting up Colorado’s anti-gay rights Amendment 2.
But I remember the missteps just as much as the successes. We were supposed to publish our first perfect-bound book ever, Anne’s Suffer the Mysterium, back around the same time, and I just could never get it together so the book didn’t happen. Years later, when attempting to relaunch boogcity.com, I asked Anne for a poem that we could serialize to get people to keep coming back to the website. Again, a false start, and the site with Anne’s work never materialized.
And what I remember most through all of this, is that the next time I would go to her asking for work she would always say yes. She never brought up the things that hadn’t happened, but instead would give me her latest words to get out into the world. I guess that’s My Anne, forgiving, trusting, understanding.
Welcome to the new boogcity.com. We’ll be publishing the paper at the same schedule of about every six weeks, and we’ll also be updating the website with new work and great content from our archives.
Much love to HR Hegnauer for her production assist. But the biggest shout-out goes to Christina Strong, constant sounding board and webmistress to the stars. Without her this is all just a bunch of text and images on my MacBook Pro.
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Issue 136, August 2020
David A. Kirschenbaum
printed matter editor
Ian S. Wilder
Much Thanks to
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