In beloved memory
We are happy to print here the biography originally submitted to Tender Buttons Press by Hannah Weiner for silent teachers remembered sequel
annah weiner was born to it in providence ri in 1928 and graduated from radcliffe college 1950 magna cum laude she then worked for three publishing houses got fired from all of them once for being too intellectual once for associating with aliens and once for being caught not slapping her bosses face she then turned to retailing and was an assistant buyer for fat ladies dresses in bloomingdales basement she married a psychiatrist freudian and divorced him four years later then she exaggerated but not lied herself into a job designing lingerie and turned down her second request for marriage by this time she was making the rounds of galleries and parties in the early sixties and began to write poetry in 1963 both writing and designing were childhood ambitions she got a free course at the new school and found she couldnt write new york school poetry in fact she couldnt write her own words at all only the magritte poems written in and the fast are in her own words happily she discovered the international code of signals and found she could write about almost anything by using the code books these became rather wild performances followed by other performances like street works 1-7 and the fashion show poetry event she was very well reviewed because the art critic of the village voice was one of her partners she thus met the musicians performers pop artisits lesbians and poets of that time all this glory ended in 1970 when she became extremely psychic and hiding out in a cheap apartment wrote about nothing else in almost 100 notebooks see the fast the words began to appear in 1972 and led to the clairvoyant journal a three voice performance poetry book about learning explaining instructions and the counter voice years passed the language group moved in and so did the indians she still remembers meeting chawho at a party saying youre getting pretty old dont you think you should publish she did sixteen and spoke begin to introduce the teaching now she is reaching her ultimate achievement learned first at her grandmother's knee TEACHING SILENT she has dragged several poets into this with her gosh ma shes a real female tarpsichordist
Hannah Weiner’s telecommunications are on-line virtual language technology without cellular phones. We are reminded, by an insistent pattern of wishes, to pick up our messages. There is no mediation; it’s what’s at the extremes that counts. Language writing here becomes the kind of realism we always wanted.”
“Suppose I raised the consciousness .07%? And incidentally wry silly, exasperated, and composed—the character of this writing fully realized/realizes—it starts and stops tumbling to/from where writing and being are the same raw experience. Passages are remembered and infinite. The social ‘filtered’ through the personal where the ‘personal’ is a complicated and brilliant combination of ways to see. Untempered, somber, hilarious. Cancel easy reminder of substance in reality. This writing makes the hall of mirrors look simple.
“Silent teachers are those whom Hannah Weiner identifies as sending her subliminal instructions she alone hears and whose content she must determine how best to interpret in a world otherwise deaf to out message. It’s not a position for which one applies nor, since Weiner insists that the instructions are unconscious, one that can be denied or abandoned. Like the fallen angel in Wings of Desire, Hannah hears and takes on the world’s pain, joy and ambivalence, and humor with an acuteness that is breathtaking. For now over twenty years, Weiner has chronicled this minority reality with precision, wit and an extraordinary ear for language. Never has her range and rigor as a poet been more evident.”