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Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy: Poems (Cloth First Edition)

Keith Waldrop

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ISBN 10: 0520258770 / ISBN 13: 9780520258778
Published by University of California Press, 2009
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Berkeley: University of California Press (2009). First edition. First printing. Hardbound/cloth. New. A pristing unread copy. This is the hardcover edition, issued without dust jacket, in a very small printing, probably less than 1,000. Part of the NEW CALIFORNIA POETRY SERIES, edited by Robert Hass, Calvin Bedient, Brenda Hillman, and Forrest Gander. Never opened. Smoke-free. Shipped in a well padded box You cannot find a better copy. 2009 National Book Award for POetry, for this book. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 8448

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Title: Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy: Poems (...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition....

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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 is one of the freshest, strongest poets in our language. Transcendental Studies shows how good he really is. Intelligence and lyricism live together in his work, exalted intellect and sly cunning, playfulness and heartbreak, they all dance together, sometimes with postmodern angularity, sometimes with a sort of Horatian civility. I open the book and read and just want to go on. Waldrop's mastery is not just of the local text, but of that great animal, the book."—Robert Kelly, author of The Book from the Sky

"These haunts, thought haunts really, leave their melodies on Keith Waldrop's great poem arrays. A frequent wonder. Tune slowly to taste."—Clark Coolidge, author of The Act of Providence

"Keith Waldrop has concerned himself with the topology of the world of writing more consistently and valuably than any poet I can think of since the late Paul Celan. There is, in Waldrop's work, a steady thought directed to the way that we make our way in the world by thinking and speaking. Where Wallace Stevens gave us the portrait of a man bothered by the march of ants through his shadow, Waldrop gives us the disturbances of the world in its representations."—A. L. Nielsen, Gargoyle

"Along with iridescent things these cycles of eccentrically drifting poems tell of our oceanic and domestic spaces for life and death, it is the phrasing itself that shows Keith Waldrop's artistry. Discrete but dreamlike, the phrasing is every poem's heartbeat. While its leaps and glides take metaphysics home at last, it is the writing, not that of a conjuror but the word as such (as elsewhere in Waldrop's outrageously funny poems), that fascinates. Here is a poet still against the grain and of authentic madcap modernity."—Christopher Middleton, author of Collected Poems

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