Sunlight suddenly switched off: THE NICK OF TIME, Rosmarie Waldrop

“The Nick of Time, which collects the prose sequences written since Driven to Abstraction…contains some of the finest writing of her distinguished career. [T]emporality, always an underlying concern of her work, moves unmistakably to the fore.” —Ryan Ruby, Poetry

New Directions Publishing announce the release of THE NICK OF TIME: a philosophical tour de force melding astrophysics and grief by Rosmarie Waldrop, the maestra of the prose poem.

To celebrate, please join us for a special virtual event with Rosmarie Waldrop and Wendy Xu at The Poetry Project:

  • US Launch (Virtual)
  • When: 8 pm ET, October 13th, 2021
  • Where: The Poetry Project

“Waldrop’s poetry makes us think hard about the way language works, and about how words catalyze reality, rather than transcribe it.” —Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

THE NICK OF TIME by Rosmarie Waldrop

THE NICK OF TIME by Rosmarie Waldrop

Ten years in the making, Waldrop’s phenomenally beautiful new collection explores the felt nature of existence as well as gravity and velocity, the second hemisphere of time, mortality and aging, language and immigration, a Chinese primer, the artist Hannah Höch, and dwarf stars. Love blooms in the cut, in the gap, in the nick between memory and thought, sentence and experience. Like the late work of Cézanne, Waldrop’s art has found a new way of seeing and thinking that “vibrates on multiple registers through endless, restless exploration” (citation for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize).

Rosmarie Waldrop

Rosmarie Waldrop, born in Germany in 1935, is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and a noted translator of French and German poetry. Her most recent books are The Nick of TimeGap Gardening: Selected Poems (winner of the Los Angeles Book Prize), and Driven to Abstraction. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts of Letters, and is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. For fifty-six years, she and her husband Keith Waldrop ran one of the country’s most vibrant experimental poetry presses, Burning Deck, in Providence, Rhode Island.