The House Seen from Nowhere by Keith Waldrop

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Poetry. In Keith Waldrop's THE HOUSE SEEN FROM NOWHERE, we are invited into a meditational drift that explores the 'tense emptiness' of being . The construction of all that surrounds us, the carpentry, wavers between order and the instability of order, is manifest in syntax and etymology. In this house, which is all things-body, fortress, residence, logic, language, mortality-we find mirrors, echoes, and spirits: "the figures light/delineates not/the light itself." Where we might use Zeno's Paradox to understand the relation between the knower and the known, it is in Keith's house that we find the paradox of 'empty distinctions,' a tension between asymmetrical opposites. The house exists "not to inclose but/to include//without redemption."

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Keith Waldrop, Brooke Russell Astor Professor of Humanities at Brown University, has published more than a dozen works each of original poetry and translations. His first book, A Windmill Near Calvary, was shortlisted for the 1968 National Book Award. Recent books include The Real Subject: Queries and Conjectures of Jacob Delafon, with Sample Poems, The House Seen from Nowhere, and a translation of The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire.
Published January 1, 2002 by Litmus Press. 230 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Co-publisher of 25-year-old Burning Deck Press, professor of English at Brown University and recipient of the rank of Chevalier des arts et des letters by the French government, Waldrop is an eminence grise of experimental American poetry, and the conduit through which dozens of younger poets h...

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