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Swensen, Cole 1955-

Works: 109 works in 188 publications in 2 languages and 7,838 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Thesis advisor, Compiler, Signer, Narrator
Classifications: PS3569.W384, 811.54
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Most widely held works about Cole Swensen
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Most widely held works by Cole Swensen
The book of a hundred hands poems by Cole Swensen( )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The hand is second only to language in defining the human being, and its constant presence makes it a ready reminder of our humanity, with all its privileges and obligations. In this dazzling collection, Cole Swensen explores the hand from any angle approachable by language and art. Her hope: to exhaust the hand as subject matter; her joy: the fact that she couldn’t.These short poems reveal the hand from a hundred different perspectives. Incorporating sign language, drawing manuals, paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, shadow puppets, imagined histories, positions (the “han
American hybrid : a Norton anthology of new poetry by Cole Swensen( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This anthology of contemporary American poetry focuses on the new poem, the hybrid, a synthesis of traditional and experimental styles. As one of the editors argues in the introduction to this anthology, the long-acknowledged "fundamental division" between experimental and traditional is disappearing in American poetry in favor of hybrid approaches that blend trends from accessible lyricism to linguistic exploration. The focus of this work is on the blend; the more than seventy poets featured here, including Jorie Graham, Albert Goldbarth, and Lyn Hejinian, have found new and often unique ways to reconfigure the innumerable and sometimes conflicting voices of the past thirty years. The editors have crafted short introductory essays on each of the poets in the anthology, providing biographical backgrounds and positioning them within the current of contemporary poetry. This anthology is essential reading for those who care about the present moment and the future, of American verse
Ours by Cole Swensen( )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and French and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
These poems are about gardens, particularly the seventeenth-century French baroque gardens designed by the father of the form, André Le Nôtre. While the poems focus on such examples as Versailles, which Le Nôtre created for Louis XIV, they also explore the garden as metaphor. Using the imagery of the garden, Cole Swensen considers everything from human society to the formal structure of poetry. She looks in particular at the concept of public versus private property, asking who actually owns a garden? A gentle irony accompanies the question because in French, the phrase "le nôtre" means "ours." Whereas all of Le Nôtre's gardens were designed and built for the aristocracy, today most are public parks. Swensen probes the two senses of "le nôtre" to discover where they intersect, overlap, or blur
Gravesend by Cole Swensen( )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gravesend, which takes its name from the English town at the mouth of the Thames, revisits the genre of the ghost story and, through fragmentation, juxtaposition, and allusion, powerfully summons the uncanny, the spectral presence. Cole Swensen delves into ancient fables, the Bible, medieval records, Victorian ghost stories, contemporary interviews, and more to explore the effects of the ghostly on our daily lives, at times returning to the notion of "gravesend," implicitly asking if all ends in the grave or if death itself has an end. Swensen's focus on language shapes these visitations--glimp
Goest by Cole Swensen( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Treating subjects from landscape to sculpture to a 19th century technical encyclopedia, the author presents poems centered on light, glass, mirrors, flame, ice, mercury, and things transparent, evanescent, or impossible to grasp
Noise that stays noise essays by Cole Swensen( )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Praise for Cole Swensen: "One of the most assured voices in contemporary poetry." --Library Journal "Engaging and delightful." --Publishers Weekly A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation. Ezra Pound famously said that literature is "news that stays news," but recent experiments in poetry and the sciences allow us to enlarge the statement to bring information theory and biology to bear on the issue--in particular, how the information theory-based model of self-organization from noise offers a way to look at language as an art material as well as a mode of communication. This concept directs these essays on poetry by contemporary poet Cole Swensen. Noise That Stays Noise covers a variety of subjects relevant to contemporary poetry and will give the general reader a broad notion of the issues that inform discourse around poetry today. Space--the conceptual geometry of poetry and its concrete mise-en-page--is an underlying theme of this collection, sometimes approached directly through the work of other twentieth-century poets, sometimes more obliquely through considerations of the role of the visual arts in contemporary poetry. This question of space and the shapes it includes and acquires offers a different way to look at some familiar writers, such as Mallarmé and Olson, and a way to introduce several more recent writers who may not yet be known to the general public
The glass age by Cole Swensen( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and French and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A travers des poèmes entrecoupés de prose, l'auteur revient sur l'histoire du verre et en particulier sur celle de la fenêtre, de l'invention de l'objet à la représentation qui en est faite depuis la Renaissance.--[Memento]
It is almost that : a collection of image+text work by women artists & writers ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It is almost that collects twenty-six visionary works by women artists and writers."--Page [4] of dust jacket
Try : poems by Cole Swensen( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Such rich hour : poems by Cole Swensen( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Flare by Thomas Nozkowski( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Flare is the culminating project of the 2007-2008 collaborative Artist and Poet in Residence Program sponsored by the Yale University Art Gallery & Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Cole Swensen wrote the poems in response to paintings by Thomas Nozkowski
New math by Cole Swensen( Book )
4 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Noon by Cole Swensen( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Winner of the 1995 New American Poetry Competition, selected by Rae Armantrout. A stunning meditative mix of lyrical and prosaic poetry in constant motion. Swensen turns and returns images from our external world while exploring a spiritual landscape marked by separation and the desire for reunion. --Sun & Moon Press
Practice, Restraint by Laura Sims( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Colonel Zoo by Olivier Cadiot( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Natural gaits by Pierre Alferi( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Numen by Cole Swensen( Book )
4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Island of the dead by Jean Frémon( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Greensward by Cole Swensen( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To look at the sea is to become what one is : an Etel Adnan reader by Etel Adnan( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (75)
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