G.C. Waldrep

South Hole
September 21, 2018 Waldrep G.C.

South Hole
Hartland

So worship fire.
So worship
absence of fire.
The martyrs
were never cold
enough;
they roofed
their huts
with culled
teeth. They were
cribs of veins
waiting
for the sea
to remember
them. Then
the sea
remembered
them. Play
the motif
with the prayer
hand: wolf
tone, the guard
sound.
O thorn now
I am teaching
you. Now
you are learning.

G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are a long poem, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015), and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013).  With Joshua Corey he edited The Arcadia Project:  North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012).  His new collection, feast gently, is due out from Tupelo Press in 2018.  He lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.