The Round World

By Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935 Rosmarie Waldrop
nature’s inside, says Cézanne and
frightening
I do not like the fleshy
echo
 
 
even so, it is
 
 
after this close proof
vision is made
of matter
 
 
another mirror
 
 
it’s possible
the eye knows
even where there should have been a lake
 
 
this optic an illusion
look
at the cat, his changing
shapes
a habit
 
 
light
color
composition
 
 
the subject more than meets the
situation, always
looking
at our own eye

Rosmarie Waldrop, "The Round World" 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)

Discover this poem’s context and related poetry, articles, and media.

Poet Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, The Mind, Relationships, Pets, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Painting & Sculpture

Biography

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 . . .

Continue reading this biography

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Relationships, Pets, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Painting & Sculpture

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Report a problem with this poem

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.