At present it seems that poets are taking over the work that philosophers used to do. And here, in The Reproduction of Profiles, in a very real and radical sense Rosmarie Waldrop has written a body of thought––provocative and lovely.
—Lyn Hejinian

The Reproduction Of Profiles

Poetry by Rosmarie Waldrop

Do Wittgenstein and water mix? Philosophy and the facts of everyday life? The remarkable prose poems in Rosmarie Waldrop’s The Reproduction of Profiles prove that startling new insights are possible when philosophical formulations are turned on their heads. The poet comments “I used Wittgenstein’s phrases in a free, unsystematic way, sometimes quoting, sometimes letting them spark what they would, sometimes substituting different nouns within a phrase (e g., his famous anti-metaphysical statement that ’the deepest questions are no questions at all’ becomes ’You could prove to me that the deepest rivers are, in fact, no rivers at all’).”

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Paperback (published November 1, 1987)

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9780811210456

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9780811210447

Rosmarie Waldrop

Contemporary American poet

At present it seems that poets are taking over the work that philosophers used to do. And here, in The Reproduction of Profiles, in a very real and radical sense Rosmarie Waldrop has written a body of thought––provocative and lovely.
—Lyn Hejinian