Rosmarie Waldrop is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and essays, including Gap Gardening: Selected Poems and the trilogy Curves to the Apple. She has translated many works by writers such as Edmond Jabès, Jacques Roubaud, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, and others. She has taught at universities such as Wesleyan, Tufts, and Brown, and she is the recipient of many awards and fellowships from institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry. In 2006 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Together, with Keith Waldrop, she is a cofounder and coeditor of Burning Deck Press, which operated for fifty-six years, from 1961 to 2017.
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What I love about Waldrop are the enigmas and paradoxes on every page, the belief that language is most beautiful when it slips or falters, and the sense that these linguistic short circuits most often happen in urgent verbal exchange.
—Dan Chiasson, New Yorker
It is discovery’s ability to make the world—distance, time, and in Waldrop’s case, the failing language we use to talk about the two—strange again, not less so. There is wonder and possibility again. It is this aspect of Waldrop’s work that, despite its cerebral intimidation and obscure sources, makes it essential reading for the navigation of this, possibly, unknowable world.
—Eric Dean Wilson, Music&LiteratureM
The difficulty of [Waldrop’s] work offers a kind of collaborative opportunity with the poet. Waldrop’s language has the rare ability to accommodate the reader’s interpretations while maintaining its own strange character. I’ve come to understand Waldrop’s oeuvre as exercises in simultaneity, a desire to enact in-betweenness. In resisting a totalitarian language, she proposes that the presence of a gap does not negate the existence of a garden.
—Miriam W. Karraker, 3:AM Magazine
Waldrop’s poetry is constructed out of a sequence of sentences, tangentially direct and fiercely intelligent, engaged in a philosophy of meditations, writing and politics, as well as the ways in which language can accumulate and twist towards alternate meanings.
Reviews of Books by Rosmarie Waldrop
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