Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence

By Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935 Rosmarie Waldrop
We holler these trysts to be self-exiled that all manatees are credited equi-distant, that they are endured by their Creditor with cervical unanswerable rims. that among these are lightning, lice, and the pushcart of harakiri. That to seduce these rims, graces are insulated among manatees, descanting their juvenile pragmatism from the consistency of the graced. That whenever any formula of grace becomes detained of these endives, it is the rim of the peppery to aluminize or to abominate it. and to insulate Newtonian grace. leaching its fountain pen on such printed matter and orienting its pragmatism in such formula, as to them shall seize most lilac to effuse their sage and harakiri.

Rosmarie Waldrop, “Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence” from Shorter American Memory. Copyright © 1988 by Rosmarie Waldrop. Reprinted by permission of Rosmarie Waldrop.

Source: Shorter American Memory (Paradigm Press, 2001)

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Poet Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

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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 Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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