Transcendental Studies by Keith Waldrop
A Trilogy (New California Poetry)

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This compelling selection of recent work by internationally celebrated poet Keith Waldrop presents three related poem sequences—"Shipwreck in Haven," "Falling in Love through a Description," and "The Plummet of Vitruvius"—in a virtuosic poetic triptych. In these quasi-abstract, experimental lines, collaged words torn from their contexts take on new meanings. Waldrop, a longtime admirer of such artists as the French poet Raymond Queneau and the American painter Robert Motherwell, imposes a tonal override on purloined materials, yet the originals continue to show through. These powerful poems, at once metaphysical and personal, reconcile Waldrop's romantic tendencies with formal experimentation, uniting poetry and philosophy and revealing him as a transcendentalist for the new millennium.

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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 March 2, 2009 by University of California Press. 216 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The volume concludes with a longer poem called “Epilogue: Stone Angels” that meditates in a Rilkian mode on cemetery statues, which “are/ the opposite of perception: we/ bury our gaze in them.” These poems are similarly entrancing.

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But I'd bet there wasn't a volume of poetry published this year that was less like his Poems than Keith Waldrop's Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy, the book that won the award.

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