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G.C. Waldrep

Books by this author: The Earliest Witnesses
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  • G.C. Waldrep is the author most recently of the collection feast gently (Tupelo, 2018), winner of the 2019 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a long poem, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015). Waldrep's poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, Paris Review, New England Review, New American Writing, Harper's, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other journals in the USA and abroad, as well as in the Best American Poetry anthology series and the second edition of Norton's Postmodern American Poetry. With Ilya Kaminsky he co-edited Homage to Paul Celan (Marick, 2011) and with Joshua Corey he co-edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012). Waldrep's work has received prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets as well as the Colorado Prize, the Dorset Prize, the Campbell Corner Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He lives in Lewisburg, PA., where he teaches at Bucknell University and edits the journal West Branch. From 2007 to 2018 he served as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
    Praise for G.C. Waldrep 'Here the site is the churches of the US and England, and the imperilled natural world. Reminiscent of the late Geoffrey Hill, Waldrep's poetry is introduced to Irish readers for the first time here, and it is one of the year's best collections'

    Seán Hewitt, Irish Times Best Books of the Year 2021

    'G.C. Waldrep's self-described book of 'walking poems' bear the poet's physical and spiritual witness in stark and iridescent language...If writing is resistance, then this book resists the clamouring for reducible moral certainties and 'the rage to classify, to collect' human errors and transgressions. The Earliest Witnesses grapples with pain, splendour, faith and love and Waldrep shines as a provoker of what we see and think'

    Andrew Rahal, Seamus Heaney Centre

    'These are poems that read like meditations... This is a wonderful book that speaks of noticing, reflecting, of spirituality.'

    The Alchemy Spoon

    'It is a rare thing to encounter a poet whose world one might wish to fully inhabit, or a new book of poems that seems to offer such density and range that it should, by rights, be read and re-read over a considerable time ... a collection of such poise and penetrating attentiveness to the world that it demands an equal attentiveness from the reader.'

    Sean Hewitt, The Irish Times 

     

    'Waldrep's poems sing with a metaphysics and lyricism that is distinctly original and fiercely sublime.'

    Publishers Weekly

    'I love Waldrep's work.'
    Ilya Kaminsky
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