Of And, Keith Waldrop, Guillemot Press, 2018, £6.00
like fragile clay, Sarah Cave, Guillemot Press, 2018, £9.00
The arc of Keith Waldrop’s poetic career is a movement from verbosity to minimalism, a paring away of the extraneous. His early work tends to follow the logic of prose, of sentence and paragraph, but his mature poetry removes this scaffolding to let the silence out. However, while the method has evolved, many of Waldrop’s central concerns have remained constant, especially how ‘the spaces between things/all but make up for the intervening/entities (The Space of Half an Hour, 1983).
In that same book, Waldrop wrote
Many years ago
I wanted to write about
prayer, but was hindered by centuries of
practice – also my religion
got in the way. Am I finally ready?
And now, 35 years later, it seems he is, as prayer is at the core of…
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