Fiction. "In this Extraordinary collage-epic, Rosmarie Waldrop measures the highly subjective experience of her 'narrator' in contemporary Mexico City against the discourses that control--and yet cannot quite contain--that experience: the historical (the 'discoveries' of Columbus and Alexander von Humboldt), the scientific (the formulation of quantum theory), and the political (the view from Washington in the late twentieth century). The elaborate interactions of these 'unpredicted particles' create a language field of extraordinary richness and excitement. In its verbal density and intellectual range, A FORM / OF TAKING / IT ALL is quite simply unique"--Marjorie Perloff.
Poet, translator, and editor Rosmarie Waldrop has been a forceful presence in American and international poetry for over forty years. Born in Germany in 1935, Waldrop studied literature and musicology at the University of Würzburg and the University of Freiburg before immigrating to the United States in the late 1950s. She received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. While at the University of Michigan, Waldrop married poet and translator Keith Waldrop. In 1961 the Waldrop's began Burning Deck Magazine. The magazine evolved into Burning Deck Press, one of the most influential publishers for innovative poetry in the United States. She has lived in Providence, Rhode Island since 1968 and has taught at Wesleyan, Tufts, and Brown. Her most recent book of poetry is Gap Gardening: Selected Poems.Author City: Providence, RI USA