Difficulties of a Heavy Body

By Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935 Rosmarie Waldrop
a sense of
his thirty-third year
his elbow
any kind of
he says
must be allowed to mature
an accident leaves him
and finally
the swallows
by way of
curiosity he is no hand
by no means
to depict
a woman
often he knows
a crowded room
just out of
his mother
he falls between the pursuit
and a case he’d sooner forget
he has a
female muscle
for impact
streets enough
to welcome snow
he knowingly succumbs to the
brown sitzbaths
his wife touches
a foretaste so vivid that
the sheen of
timber upsets
in going
this sort of
difficulties of a
heavy body
placed in
alternating gestures

Rosmarie Waldrop, "Difficulties of a Heavy Body" 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, Midlife, The Body, Relationships, Men & Women

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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, Midlife, The Body, Relationships, Men & Women

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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