Advances

By Keith Waldrop b. 1932 Keith Waldrop
seventy wingbeats
per second
 
vagaries of vegetation, rosy
anticipation I
turn the page without
reading
 
essence of
accident
 
what is the strongest
motive what
drives the solar wind
 
time’s not so
old, dating only
from the creation
 
New England has
cooled significantly, icy
core with a sooty coating
 
this ice
hard to break—the brain
will have to wait
 
catharsis of the
vulture, obligatory
vespers
 
a bat, painted the
color of joy, head
downward because
 
the brain is
heavy I put on
music but don’t always
listen
 
whether magma could
rise to where tones reach
audible frequencies
 
modest success with a late
parasitic moth we will soon
 
find out if all this
is true
 
sudden drain on the
heart, more
doubt, the big
 
melt: anything
gone is
replaced
 
 
 
 
 
 

Keith Waldrop, "Advances" from Analogies of Escape. Copyright © 1997 by Keith Waldrop.  Reprinted by permission of Burning Deck Press.

Source: Analogies of Escape (Burning Deck Press, 1997)

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Poet Keith Waldrop b. 1932

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Sciences, Reading & Books

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Keith Waldrop, who was awarded the 2009 National Book Award for poetry for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy, has been a prominent voice in American poetry for over forty years.  He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, prose, and translations. With Rosmarie Waldrop he co-edits Burning Deck Press.

Waldrop was born in Emporia, Kansas in 1932. He enrolled in the pre-med program at Kansas State Teacher’s College, but his . . .

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