Transcendental Studies A Trilogy 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 Plumm

  • Title: Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy
  • Author: Keith Waldrop
  • ISBN: 9780520258785
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 lonThis 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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    1. Winner of the National Book Award, Transcendental Studies is a triptych of unrelentingly fragmentary thought. The sense of assembly informs the collection deeply: the three sections span twenty years, and their juxtaposition here could be seen as an act of forced contiguity (though prolificacy has placed many works between the three here). Individually, the builtness of each book within this book is immediate. The first, "Shipwreck in Haven," salvages and reconstitutes a vesseled consciousness, [...]

    2. The sentences woven into the pages of this book are so delicately intricate. Waldrop writes with a kind of fluidity that sets the reader free within their own space of interpretation and perception. There were many times where I had to take a deep breath and reread the lines of the same poem again just because it hit me too hard the first time round. An absolute masterpiece. /the glass is combed for it to turn opaque/

    3. Transcendental Studies is a collection of poems by Avant Garde poet Keith Waldrop. The poem has a loose collection of themes, and it is broken down into three-ish parts.I did not enjoy this book at all, and that is most likely due to personal tastes. While diving into these poems, which may have been way above my head, I found myself struggling to understand what was happening. I stumbled on an article interview Waldrop, and I read an interview where he stated he writes each verse for a poem, th [...]

    4. This book, the first I’ve read of Keith Waldrop’s work, felt difficult, both allusive and elusive, and more abstract than the poetry I tend to prefer. It won the National Book Award for Poetry last year, but somehow I hadn’t heard of it until it caught my eye at the library, and I picked it up knowing nothing about it. The publisher’s blurb says this: “In these quasi-abstract, experimental lines, collaged words torn from their contexts take on new meanings,” which, along with the tit [...]

    5. This is a collection of three earlier works, loosely linked by a set of reoccurring themes. In interviews, Waldrop explains that his method of creation was to set out three different books and pull small pieces from each. His emphasis is on sound and assembling images rather than creating cohesive narratives or arguments, so I can���t imagine someone looking for ���meaning��� in a traditional sense will be satisfied. Admittedly, it often seems difficult to determine what links [...]

    6. Disappointing. Maybe I missed the point, maybe I just couldn't get into the right state of mind to properly absorb and understand the material as written. I honestly expected more than the emotional fragments spread out through the 200 or so pages that I was presented. Not poorly written, just not for me I'm afraid.

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