The Senses Barely or The Necessities of Life

By Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935 Rosmarie Waldrop

                  for Sophie Hawkes

I (Weapons)
doubled corners
of the situation
the words duped by this dialectic
the pose of “brushing against”
                   on detail
severe eyelashes
         the weapons must
         be kept in order
         (take the
         of courtesy
         of charm)
her knees crossed
over the manner of
his undressing her
a chord
                   (deceptively resonant)
a strength of image
but scanty provisions interrupt
her concerns for doors
into sleep
the story can be carried in two hands
              I have turned on
              with shifting strands
              of light

Rosmarie Waldrop, "Like Holderlin" from Another Language: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1997 by Rosmarie Waldrop.  Reprinted by permission of Rosmarie Waldrop.

Source: Another Language: Selected Poems (Talisman House Publishers, 1997)

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Poet Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, The Body, The Mind, Relationships, Men & Women, Love, Desire

Poetic Terms Free Verse


Poet, translator, and editor Rosmarie Waldrop has been a forceful presence in American and international poetry for over forty years. Born in Germany in 1935, Waldrop studied literature and musicology at the University of Würzburg and the University of Freiburg before immigrating to the United States in the late 1950s. She received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. While at the University of Michigan, Waldrop . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, The Mind, Relationships, Men & Women, Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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