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Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (New California Poetry) Paperback – March 2, 2009
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"These poems demand a certain reverence."--"Bookforum"
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Much of the book is a string of randomly gathered short sentences. One yearns for a thread of connection but often doesn’t find one. Yet there are moments of insight and beauty that can be haunting, “perceptions dim as memories” comes to mind.
He writes as if common concepts create more confusion than consensus. Here’s what he says about the concept table. “I see a table…..I am reminded of another table. I place table beside table. Separate worlds. In what sense are we talking?’ If we are to take Waldrop literally the word table conveys such divergent concepts that language is deemed almost useless. If these constructs are truly divergent, how might one come to understand where to put one’s dinner setting? Why not throw it against a wall and see what happens. Sure language has its limitations, conveying a concept like table, would not seem not to be one of them. If you like abstract poetry that stimulates the reader in truly divergent directions, there’s not enough thread for it to be otherwise, then you might like Waldrop, if not, best try a more conventional poet.