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G. C. Waldrep

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G. C. Waldrep was born in South Boston, Virginia, in 1968. He received his BA from Harvard University, his MA and PhD from Duke University, and his MFA from the University of Iowa.

Waldrep is the author of six poetry collections: feast gently (Tupelo Press, 2018); Testament (BOA Editions, 2015); Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), in collaboration with the poet John Gallaher; Archicembalo (Tupelo Press, 2009), winner of the Dorset Prize and the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America; Disclamor (BOA Editions, 2007); and Goldbeater’s Skin (Center for Literary Publishing, 2003), winner of the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry.

His honors include prizes and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Lannan foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.

Waldrep teaches creative writing at Bucknell University, where he serves as the editor of West Branch. He is also editor at large for The Kenyon Review. He lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Selected Bibliography

feast gently (Tupelo Press, 2018)
Testament (BOA Editions, 2015)
Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011)
Archicembalo (Tupelo Press, 2009)
Disclamor (BOA Editions, 2007)
Goldbeater’s Skin (Center for Literary Publishing, 2003)

by this poet


My beast made of gold is my vocation; it walks with me
and makes a peaceable sound. It has no wings and it has no clay.
I never touch it, if I can help it—though sometimes, knocked
roughly, I brush it by accident. That is when the pain comes
and the great poems cover their famished faces. Which


I call to you as a prism to its oracle denies any prescriptive allure. What is a high sound when a sparrow takes it. When breath snatches. A latch catches. Dear diary. I am home now and affect a suitable disregard.

On a screen everyone is very particular. Does this explain.

It is this bird we