The Silhouette of The Bridge by Keith Waldrop
(Memory Stand-Ins)

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Fiction. "THE SILHOUETTE OF THE BRIDGE (Memory Stand-ins) is a beautifully spare and inventive work of reflection on the elusive nature of memory, perception and experience. As we would expect from Keith Waldrop, it is suffused with a particular humanity and an appreciation for the absurd, even the grotesque, in daily life. The rhythmic apposition of prose and poetry brings to mind the freedom, alertness and quality of distillation in Basho's classic travel sketches. With his quietly precise sense of modulation and his unerring gaze, Waldrop remains one of the vital and requisite, semi-secret presences in American letters" - Michael Palmer.
 

About Keith Waldrop

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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 July 1, 1997 by Avec Books. 76 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The opening sequence of prose fragments begins with Waldrop listening to a lecturer who tells a story about a man whose heavy burdens were lifted when the bottom of the basket dropped out and who continues to refer ""to enlightenment as the experience of `dropping our bottoms.'"" Waldrop knows hi...

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