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TESTAMENT is 'hyper-referential, allusive ... a statement of faith'

Testament_Front In a thoughtful and comprehensive review of G.C. Waldrep's Testament, Kylan Rice of the Colorado Review says, "By turns lyric, antic, and deeply engaged with the affects and effects of language as these come to bear on the human subject, G. C. Waldrep drafted his new book-length poem, Testament, over the course of twelve 'trance-like' days, while in residence at Hawthornden Castle." Likening the new collection to Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day and Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting A Place In Paris, the review calls Testament "hyper-referential, allusive, as private as it is public or pop. "More than gimmickry, these efforts meditate on textual and poetic concurrency, on the text-in-process, the text or the poem as it may be integrated with the fabric of the real, somehow diegetic to that reality, where diegesis, in film or fiction or poetry, according to the OED, refers to the local, immediate, and inherent 'time, place, characters, and events which constitute the universe of the narrative' ... While Waldrep’s poem is not necessarily concerned with performing this project in the way that Mayer, Perec, and others are, Testament is, nevertheless, bound up in fluid and scenic meditations on the nature of writing, and how this process infiltrates, informs, or overrides reality, time, identity and history. "Waldrep’s Testament is thoroughly non-diegetic—exterior to the event of its compressed and cloistered writing. It is, therefore, and in its own strange way, a statement of faith." Click here to read the full piece from the Colorado Review. Testament is now available at the BOA Bookstore.
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