Keith Waldrop (born December 11, 1932, in Emporia, Kansas) is an American poet and academic. He has authored numerous books of poetry and prose and translated the work of Claude Royet-Journoud, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Edmond Jabès, among others. A recent translation is Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal (2006). He won the National Book Award in Poetry for his 2009 collection Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy.
With his wife Rosmarie Waldrop, he co-edits Burning Deck Press. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is professor emeritus at Brown. The French government has named him Chevalier des arts et des lettres.
Awards and honors
- Chevalier des arts et des lettres by the French government.
- 2009 National Book Award for Poetry for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy.
- 2014 Best Translated Book Award, Poetry, one of two runners-up for Four Elemental Bodies by Claude Royet-Journoud, translated from the French.
- A Windmill Near Calvary (University of Michigan Press, 1968)
- The Garden of Effort (Burning Deck, 1975)
- Shipwreck In Haven (Awede, 1989)
- The Opposite of Letting the Mind Wander (Lost Roads, 1990)
- The Locality Principle (Avec, 1995)
- Analogies of Escape (Burning Deck, 1997)
- The Silhouette of the Bridge (Memory Stand-Ins) (Avec, 1997)
- Stone Angels (Instress, 1997)
- Well Well Reality (Collaborations with Rosmarie Waldrop) (The Post-Apollo Press, 1998)
- Haunt (Instance, 2000)
- Semiramis If I Remember (Avec, 2001)
- The House Seen from Nowhere (Litmus Press, 2003)
- The Real Subject: queries and Conjectures of Jacob Delafon, with Sample Poems (Omnidawn Publishing, 2005)
- Several Gravities (Siglio, 2009)
- Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press, 2009) —winner of the National Book Award
- The Space of Half an Hour (Burning Deck, 1983)
- The Not Forever [Inventions] (Omnidawn, 2013)
- Selected Poems (Omnidawn, 2016)
- Hegel's Family (Station Hill, 1989)
- Light While There is Light (Sun & Moon, 1993)
- Several Gravities (Siglio Press, 2009)
- The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire (Wesleyan, 2006)
- Figured Image by Anne-Marie Albiach (The Post-Apollo Press, 2006)
- The Form of a City Changes Faster, Alas, Than the Human Heart by Jacques Roubaud (tr. with Rosmarie Waldrop) (Dalkey Archive, 2006)
- Theory of Prepositions by Claude Royet-Journoud (Fence, 2006)
- L’état des métamorphoses by Tita Reut with Patricia Erbelding (Art inprogress, 2005)
- Another Kind of Tenderness by Xue Di with Forrest Gander (Litmus, 2004)
- Close Quote by Marie Borel (Burning Deck, 2003)
- Mental Ground by Esther Tellermann (Burning Deck, 2002)
- The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabes (Station Hill Press, 1988)
- The notion of obstacle by Claude Royet-Journoud (Awede, 1985)
- "Keith Waldrop". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- "Keith Waldrop". Lannan Center. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
"National Book Awards – 2009". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
(With acceptance speech, interview, and other material; and essay by Ross Gay from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
- Chad W. Post (April 28, 2014). "BTBA 2014: Poetry and Fiction Winners". Three Percent. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- Exhibit at the Academy of American Poets includes links to some poems by Keith Waldrop including "Invitation to the Voyage", "Light Travels", "Posthumous Remorse Whir"
- Keith Waldrop Page at the Electronic Poetry Center extensive links to bibliography, biography, essays, reviews, etc.
- On Collage: from an interview with Keith Waldrop conducted by Peter Gizzi
- On the Art of Keith Waldrop by Robert Seydel (excerpt)
- An essay on Waldrop's Light While There Is Light by poet and novelist Ben Lerner
- The National Book Foundation interview with Keith Waldrop conducted by Craig Morgan Teicher