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  • 1. The Luxury of Hesitation [excerpt from The Proof from Motion] Keith Waldrop 21 April 09
  • 2. The Luxury of Hesitation things forgotten I could burn in hell forever set the glass down, our emotion's moment eyes vs sunlight Continue……
  • 3. The Luxury of Hesitation how removed here, from here towards the unfamiliar and frankincense forests against the discerning light everybody sudden Continue……
  • 4. The Luxury of Hesitation frightful indeed, the sound of traffic and no appetite the crowd I would like to be beautiful when written
  • 5. Keith Waldrop Keith Waldrop was born in Kansas and served in the United States military. In 1954, he met his wife, the poet and translator Rosmarie Waldrop while stationed in Kitzingen, Germany. He studied at Aix-Marseille and Michigan Universities, earning a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1964. His first book of poetry, A Windmill Near Calvary (University of Michigan, 1968), was nominated for a National Book Award. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Several Gravities (Siglio, 2009), a collection of collages; Transcendental Studies (UC Press, 2009), a trilogy of collage poems; and a translation of Charles Baudelaire's Paris Spleen (Wesleyan, 2009). His other work includes The Real Subject: Queries and Conjectures of Jacob Delafon: With Sample Poems (Omnidawn, 2004). His other collections of poetry include The House Seen from Nowhere (2003), Haunt (2000), Well Well Reality (1998, with Rosmarie Waldrop), and the trilogy The Locality Principle (1995), The Silhouette of the Bridge, which won the Americas Award for Poetry (1997), and Semiramis, If I Remember (2001).
  • 6. National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media — to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.
  • 7. Presentation by Neelima