Keith Waldrop

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Keith Waldrop in April 2010 at the Literary Arts Program building at Brown University

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 for Poetry for his 2009 collection Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy.


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 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.[2]

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[3]
  • 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. ^ "Keith Waldrop". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Keith Waldrop". Lannan Center. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ 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.)
  4. ^ Chad W. Post (April 28, 2014). "BTBA 2014: Poetry and Fiction Winners". Three Percent. Retrieved April 28, 2014.

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