The Academy of American Poets recently reviewed G.C. Waldrep's new collection Testament, offering high praise and a proverbial thumbs up to the poet's language and style. "Capitalism, notions of gender, and language itself are critiqued and examined throughout . . . Erudite and glittering, Waldrep’s language consists of Ashberian non sequiturs that are sonically lush and often nature-related." In this book-length poem, Waldrep addresses matters as diverse as Mormonism, cymatics, race, Dolly the cloned sheep, and his own life and faith. Drafted over twelve trance-like days while in residence at Hawthornden Castle, Waldrep responds to such poets as Alice Notley, Lisa Robertson, and Carla Harryman, and tackles the question of whether gender can be a lyric form. Intimately autobiographical, Waldrep's fifth book masterly takes its own place in the American tradition of the long poem. The review concludes, "In dialogue with the historic tradition of the American long poem, Waldrep’s contribution to that tradition is elliptical, political, and memorable." Click here for the Academy's full review. Testament can be purchased in the BOA Bookstore.
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