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John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents

Monday, March 13, 2017
A Reading by G. C. Waldrep
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
6:30 pm
The celebrated innovative poet reads from his work
At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13th, in the László Z. Bitó '60 Auditorium at the Reem-Kayden Center, the John Ashbery Poetry Series presents a reading by renowned poet G. C. Waldrep, author of such books as Goldbeater's Skin, The Batteries, Disclamor, Archicembalo, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, and Testament.

Introduced by Ann Lauterbach and followed by a conversation and Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

"Waldrep's title Archicembalo denotes an antique keyboard instrument with 24, or many more, keys per octave. Notoriously hard to play, such instruments made subtle and challenging music, with notes a conventional score could not include. Waldrep's sometimes bewildering, often exciting prose poems make their own unconventional music, replete with slippages, repetitions, suggestions." —New York Times Book Review

"G. C. Waldrep turns the prose poem upside down by focusing on what he knows best—music theory and history, which come to life is compact, language-driven texts.This setup explodes into visionary and audio linguistics that accompany the experience of encountering the poem while transforming the reader's senses into a fresh dimension of understanding."
Bloomsbury Review
"The poem repeatedly opens itself up, vents, releases, incurs more and varied content, and bears the marks of it all: the seams are everywhere; it is a poem of seams. The poem acts as an endless receipt of things heard, taken in, mistaken, distorted, fought, and believed in. In its utterly singular way, regardless of the dissonance it incurs along the way, Testament effects this reciprocity between the world within the poem and the poem within the world. Waldrep has given something wonderful: a poem whose testament can be trusted because it allows us to doubt." —Poetry Northwest
PRAISE FOR GOLDBEATER'S SKIN, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry

"The poetry of G. C. Waldrep is a prolific liturgy, intense and conversational by turns. And the turning is telling; it comes round right. Bright idioms become bright branches, and the branches become the further architecture of Word. Christopher Smart and Hart Crane applaud these poems in Heaven because the Earth of these poems is true." —Donald Revell

For more information, call 845-758-7054, or e-mail

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium