G.C. Waldrep

South Hole
September 21, 2018 Waldrep G.C.

South Hole

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

G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are feast gently (Tupelo, 2018), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and The Earliest Witnesses (Tupelo/Carcanet, 2021).  Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, Yale Review, Colorado Review, The Nation, New American Writing, Conjunctions, and other journals.  Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University and edits the journal West Branch.