Poems and Texts

“PARADISE” by Keith Waldrop


in this garden every
leaf is

every petal

root and branch
grow towards

the path we
follow disappears
behind us

dreams unable to
survive the night

shed their meanings

the code that numbers the
colors of the flowers
will die

and numbers are mortal
. . . . . . . . . . .
I wish I could
tell you

Photo: Connie Grosch

Keith Waldrop

Keith Waldrop is the author of Selected Poems (Omnidawn 2016), Transcendental Studies (U of California Press, National Book Award 2009), and more than a dozen other books of poems. He has also published a novel, Light While There Is Light (Dalkey Archive), a book of collages, Several Gravities (Siglio), and translated Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil and Poems in Prose as well as contemporary French authors Anne-Marie Albiach, Claude Royet-Journoud, Paol Keineg, Jean Grosjean etc. He is retired from teaching at Brown University and, with Rosmarie Waldrop, edits Burning Deck Press in Providence, RI.

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