Driven to Abstraction

Driven to Abstraction

by Rosmarie Waldrop
     
 

A new poetry collection of startling beauty and thought by a great American poet.Even in a state of geometrical grace we cannot see time as it is, only as it passes. So the river shows us while softly disfiguring our waterlogged bodies on the way to vast projects of war.—Rosmarie WaldropDriven to Abstraction is Rosmarie Waldrop’s sixth collection of

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A new poetry collection of startling beauty and thought by a great American poet.Even in a state of geometrical grace we cannot see time as it is, only as it passes. So the river shows us while softly disfiguring our waterlogged bodies on the way to vast projects of war.—Rosmarie WaldropDriven to Abstraction is Rosmarie Waldrop’s sixth collection of poetry with New Directions. The first of its two sections, “Sway-Backed Powerlines,” consists of five sequences of prose poems whose subject matter ranges from voyages of discovery and the second Iraq war to geometry, memory, and the music of John Cage. Part two, the title sequence, investigates the tendency to abstraction in our lives which, in the West, began with the Renaissance introduction of zero into arithmetic, the vanishing point into perspective, and imaginary money in economics. Driven by the tension between abstraction and the concrete, and written in the shadow of ongoing wars, these poems are among Waldrop’s most engaging and thrilling works to date, the writing of a master poet at the height of her creative powers.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Review
“One of the leading voices in contemporary American poetry.”
The Providence Journal
“Rosmarie Waldrop should be recognized as a national treasure.”
No: A Journal of the Arts
“Rosmarie Waldrop is one of America’s finest formalists. She is a poet capable of very direct address, of narrative when she wants it, of pointed humor, and of profound pathos. But her process of syntactic expropriation provides the open latticework across which her stunning lyrics creep.”
No: A Journal of the Arts
“Rosmarie Waldrop is one of America’s finest formalists. She is a poet capable of very direct address, of narrative when she wants it, of pointed humor, and of profound pathos. But her process of syntactic expropriation provides the open latticework across which her stunning lyrics creep.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218795
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Germany and has lived in the
United States since 1958. The author and translator of dozens of books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, she is the co-founder and co-
publisher of Burning Deck Press.
Waldrop’s many honors include being named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, fellowships from the
NEA, the Fund for Poetry, and the
Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. In 2006 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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