Alystyre Julian, Outrider film
by Thurston Moore
Before I had ever met Anne I had written a poem “Anne Waldman,” which was simply her name repeatedly text-chanted creating a free gesture visio-verbio page. It was the beginning of the century, 2001, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Byron Coley and I were presenting poetry readings at our New Grass center of the Arts in a mill building in nearby Florence. Anne came up one momentous occasion with Janine Pommy Vega and I discussed Angel Hair, her 1960s poetry journal she edited with Lewis Warsh (poetnames!). I had been fastidiously archiving these vanishing documents of soul heart love mind breath expression and showed her my library. She gave the quickest of looks, but I could see the entire vibratory community of activist text measure in her acknowledgement. Soon she would ask me to be a teacher at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She recognized how the Buddhist principle of welcoming was holistic to my moving forward in a time of chaotic transition. Her words and her energy were a mentorship of love. Ecstatic Peace Library is the work and life I have with my love and light Eva, and it is Anne who offered us space to belong and realize each moment where all of time comes into play as we discover inside outside the eternal poem.
thurston moore, 2001, northampton ma usa
Thurston Moore was born in 1958. Moved to NYC in 1978. Founded Sonic Youth. Wrote poetry. Toured and recorded relentlessly. Wrote poetry. Published the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal and Flowers & Cream press. Taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (USA) and the Rhythymic Music Conservatory (Denmark). Lives in London. Writes Poetry. Makes Noise.