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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  7 reviews
“Here is a gorgeous book of the most subtle and vivid mysteries, weighted with earth and time.”—Li-Young Lee

While hiking the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco, G.C. Waldrep became fascinated with how the military installations there impact the landscape’s spectacular natural beauty. Thus, Waldrep produced “The Batteries,” a sequence of nine poems that probe the interr
Paperback, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Ryo Yamaguchi
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
So Disclamor is a weird book, and I have to say my least favorite of Waldrep's three full-length works, but let me also say that it is the book one who has yet to come to Waldrep should read first. I'll caveat, too, that I've read Waldrep's oeuvre out of order—this is his sophomore collection, but the final one for me to read. It exhibits many qualities we associate with second collections: there is an anxiety over a more thematically bound project; there is a searching quality, an attempt at di ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Waldrep, a professor of English at Bucknell University who holds graduate degrees in both history and in creative writing, in this collection of new poems takes on the expansive nature of the American physical and social landscape in the wake of the Cold War and other military actions. Drawing greatly from personal experience in walking around the abandoned defensive batteries and bunkers of Marin County, California, Waldrep muses on the meaning of these former measures to ensure American securi ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Perhaps the book intends to lack sincerity, and it's my own inability as a reader to allow for so many poems lacking it. I enjoyed Goldbeater's Skin, and I found its difficulty a quality that invited closer readings. However, these poems didn't have the same life. I am not a fan of poems that repeat graffiti on a wall, especially when I don't feel the purpose of this chronicling is made very clear. I am also not a fan of poems that are made slack by repetition when it doesn't seem to add any lar ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, poetry
Thinking through use value and the movement of political economy through both history and a series of poems written about the various abandoned battery locations of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Thought meets affect in the declination of American hegemony.

"Listen, I call to them through the grille,
Everything in the world is a knife,
everything in the world cuts a little from you.
But they do not listen."
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I keep going back to this book. There is an ephemeral quality to Waldrep's work, a deep faith, a continual discovery. The lie on just on the outskirts of complete grasp. It is like this every time I read them.
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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