Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. "Rosmarie Waldrop is at once a philosopher of language and a master of the absurd that arises when we try to say what we mean, or mean what we say, or be what we may say"--Eric Elshtain. This is the seventeenth volume of poetry by a towering poet and a key intellectual figure in contemporary American literature. Well-known for her brilliant translations of the French poet Edmond Jabes, as well a dozen-plus volumes of translations from the French and German by a wide range of contempory European writers, it is no exaggeration to say that Rosmarie Waldrop has been fundamental to the relationship between European and American experimental poetry. "[Her] study of the dialogic textuality of language is also a study of ourselves and how we engage the world"--William Doreski, Harvard Review.
In this collection, Waldrop has dedicated many poems to other writers whom she esteems, and in each poem, echoes subtly that writer's forms, tones, and textures. From this synchronism, Waldrop evolves her own unique mediums of address that suggests a slipperiness in human emotion and in human speech.
About the Author
Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Kitzingen am Main, Germany, on August 24, 1935. At the age of ten, she spent half a year acting with a traveling theater. She has studied at Wuerzburg, Freiburg, Aix-Marseille and Michigan Universities, earning her Ph.D. in 1966. She has lived in the United States since 1958. Waldrop began publishing her poetry in English in the late 1960s and since 1968 has been co-editor and publisher of Burning Deck Press with her husband, the poet and translator Keith Waldrop. The pair met in 1954 while he was stationed in Kitzingen after the Second World War. She is now the author of more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, most recently her trilogy Curves to the Apple: The Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, Reluctant Gravities (New Directions, 2006), and a collection of essays, Dissonance (University of Alabama Press, 2005). Her other poetry titles include Splitting Image (2006), Blindsight (2004), Love, Like Pronouns (2003), Well Well Reality (1998, with Keith Waldrop), Reluctant Gravities (1999), Split Infinites (1998), Another