Mythopoetics, shape shifting, quantum entanglement, Anthropocene blues, litany and chance operation play inside the field of these intertwined poems, which coalesced out of months of protests with some texts penned in the streets
Trickster Feminism is a demonstration of how to go on, when one can’t go on ... Her intimate knowledge of the 'outrider' tradition is, at this point, so invaluable that she should be considered not only a 'national' treasure, but an international one ... In Trickster Feminism, Waldman definitively shifts her investigations from masculinity and the war impulse...to a new strain of feminism, one that is agile, wary, angry, creative, persistent, tricky ... It’s a fascinating form, surprisingly difficult to write, as it disallows repetition, rhyme and echo — the same techniques that make the chant so powerful.
Anne Waldman has challenged readers with her rigorous, eclectic writing and her insistence on overthrowing accepted notions about male patriarchy and female limitations ... As the work unfolds, Waldman presents a complicated panorama of places and events — including resistance after the 2016 U.S. presidential election — in these accomplished, intertwined pieces.
Waldman’s erudite and experimental language is notable ... The collection is fragmentary and obtuse, even for Waldman, and requires some decoding, but the subtext is a rich and stirring commentary on feminine empowerment.