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G. C. Waldrep

G. C. Waldrep’s most recent books are a long poem, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015), and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). With Joshua Corey he edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012). His new collection, feast gently, is forthcoming (Tupelo Press, 2018). He teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for the Kenyon Review.


As Flesh Made New Through Burning

Winter 2017 | Poetry

The gentle tremor that has begun now in my left hand, between thumb and forefinger,
is not history. Its seed lies buried deep in sleep, in the neurochemistry of sleep
which traces its faint salt patterns on the stone of my soul. Stone of my soul,
the formal world is alive with the drained pool’s bracketing moss,
with insect life, with the toadflax and orpine, those useful entities that remind us