Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
an admirable concern to keep lines open to writing in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America.
Seamus Heaney

The Earliest Witnesses

G.C. Waldrep

Cover of The Earliest Witnesses by G.C. Waldrep
10% off all versions
Categories: 21st Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Jan 2021)
9781800170360
£12.99 £11.69
eBook (EPUB) Needs ADE!
(Pub. Jan 2021)
9781800170377
£10.39 £9.35
eBook (Kindle)
(Due Jan 2021)
9781800170384
£10.39 £9.35
To use the EPUB version, you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) installed on your device. You can find out more at https://www.adobe.com/uk/solutions/ebook/digital-editions.html. Please do not purchase this version if you do not have, or are prepared to install, Adobe Digital Editions.
Amazon LogoOr, buy the Kindle version directly from Amazon
  • Description
  • Author
  • Reviews
  • This is how the witness ends: touch, withdraw; touch again.

    'American Goshawk', the opening poem in this collection, concludes with these words. The word 'witness' comes with a wealth of meanings. The poems are, at one level, acute observations of the world in its physical and dramatic detail. But eye and ear detect, in what is there, shadows and figures of what is beyond, what imparts to the things perceived their deeper form, significance and beauty. Such seeing is a craft, a form of translation that engages not just the surface but the essence of what is seen, what the poet calls 'eye-proofs of the epiphenomenal world'. The ophthalmologist in 'A Mystic’s Guide to Arches' keeps asking, 'Can you see this?' And we can, seeing it more fully each time we re-read the poem and the separate things configure into a single, powerful seeing. Language obscures - until it releases what it names to the senses.

    The Earliest Witnesses is G.C. Waldrep's British debut.
    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 ... read more
    'Waldrep's poems sing with a metaphysics and lyricism that is distinctly original and fiercely sublime.'

    Publishers Weekly

Share this...
The Carcanet Blog Charlotte Eichler: NPVIII: Meet the Contributor read more New Poetries VIII: Jenny Lewis on Parwana Fayyaz read more Angela Leighton: One, Two read more Parwana Fayyaz: NPVIII: Meet the Contributor read more New Poetries VIII: Sinad Morrissey on Conor Cleary read more The Earliest Witnesses: G.C. Waldrep read more
Find your local bookshop logo
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2021 Carcanet Press Ltd