G.C. Waldrep

the primate hospital
October 25, 2018 Waldrep G.C.

the primate hospital
 

(1)

I have raptured the oars.

You may leave

the dull scythe

on its splintered snath

 

to some other

gospel, resurrection.

(2)

The vein spun from

patience’s distal cavity

exhales,

 

genuflects.

(3)

When you return

from the war,

kindly

 

post this:  to FAILURE,

 

whose gleam

the angels recognize.

 

This

is your birth, a muscle

(4)

the sea

mixes with distance.

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.