Keith Waldrop

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Keith Waldrop
Waldrop in April 2010 at the Literary Arts Program building, Brown University
Waldrop at the Literary Arts Program building, Brown University (April 2010)
Born (1932-12-11) December 11, 1932 (age 89)
Occupationpoet, professor, translator
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Notable awardsChevalier des arts et des lettres
SpouseRosmarie Waldrop

Keith Waldrop (born December 11, 1932, in Emporia, Kansas) is an American poet, translator, 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. One such translation is Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal (2006). He won the National Book Award for Poetry for his 2009 collection Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy.

Personal life[edit]

Waldrop started his education at Kansas State Teachers College, studying to be a doctor.[1] However, in 1953, he was drafted into the United States Army and stationed in Germany, where he met his wife Rosmarie Waldrop.


Waldrop received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Michigan in 1964 and four years later began teaching at Brown University (1968).[1]

With Rosmarie Waldrop, he co-edits Burning Deck Press. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and became a professor emeritus at Brown in 2011.[2] The French government has named him Chevalier des arts et des lettres.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected works[edit]


  • 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[4]
  • 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)

Visual Art[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b "Keith Waldrop". Poetry Foundation. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  2. ^ "Keith Waldrop". Brown University. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  3. ^ "Keith Waldrop". Lannan Center. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "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.)
  5. ^ Chad W. Post (April 28, 2014). "BTBA 2014: Poetry and Fiction Winners". Three Percent. Retrieved April 28, 2014.

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