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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (Oct. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811215598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811215596
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,704,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Waldrop is the author of more than 15 collections of poetry and 20 books of translations (including Edmond JabŠs's seminal The Book of Questions) and a professor at Brown University who has mentored an entire generation of poets. She takes her latest title from a neurological condition in which a person sees more than they are aware of-but adds an intersubjective twist. Addressing the various arcs of life and mortality, the book is intricately sectioned, with parts either dedicated to or containing epigraphs from peers and former students such as Charles Bernstein, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Cole Swenson, Jennifer Moxley, with individual poems within the sections dedicated to more of Waldrop's poet acquaintances, creating a complex layering of poetic connections and perceptions. "H"lderlin Hybrids" is a sort of tribute to the German master, while the second section of the book, "As Were," experimentally recreates lives of figures such as da Vinci, Goethe and Mallarm‚. Waldrop also draws from contemporaries to create collaged poems indelibly marked with her own philosophical, and often deeply beautiful, language, infused with doubt: "taking your hand, or someone's/ for fear that writing/ though waiting for it, would/ make me a shadow,/ or from fatigue, worthy/ of the dark."
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"This influential avant-garde doyenne...handily manages the paradox of the lucid enigma....She maintains a distinctly American voice--quick-witted, conversational, and visually concrete...a poetry that pleases no less than it puzzles."

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HASH(0xa1051ccc) out of 5 stars What I think about it Dec 12 2012
By Randi Scheidler - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rosemary Waldrop's Blindsight is an intricately crafted work of sublime beauty. Its many threads of theme weave together into what I experienced as (unconventionally) spiritual work. I think it was her preoccupation with the body and its smaller miracles that I found particularly (read: particle (like chemistry and such) ulary) striking, "You should take everything. Except your shoelaces. To heart. Which moves within the flesh. And should." Her voice has a certain authority that begs harmony between page and person, from the tip of your fingertips to the tip of her tongue. It is obscure, troubling, and eccentric, and I never once doubted that she meant every word of it. Every line that turned axiom to me, which was every other line. I'd recommend it, I'd keep it on my nightstand, I'd fall asleep with it under my pillow.
HASH(0xa060f5d0) out of 5 stars Slim volume, weighty read. Feb. 20 2016
By Wanda Legend - Published on
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A fine poet with complex verse.