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Swensen, Cole 1955-

Works: 137 works in 242 publications in 2 languages and 9,928 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Literature  Exhibition catalogs  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Thesis advisor, Contractor, Signer, Author of introduction, Contributor, Narrator
Classifications: PS3569.W384, 811.54
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Most widely held works about Cole Swensen
Most widely held works by Cole Swensen
American hybrid : a Norton anthology of new poetry by Cole Swensen( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,111 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
Goest by Cole Swensen( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 517 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
The glass age by Cole Swensen( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and French and held by 277 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]
Ours by Cole Swensen( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jules Evens weaves history, science, and personal anecdote into an absorbing chronicle of one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. His account of this enchanted "island in time," separated by tectonics from the rest of the continent, provides a comprehensive overview of the Point Reyes Peninsula, exploring its dynamic character and its haunting appeal. Evens thoroughly investigates the climate, geology, and flora and fauna of Point Reyes, giving special attention to its most characteristic species and their ecological relationships. He delves into the past as well, evoking images of salmon-swollen creeks, herds of elk, and canyons echoing with the cries of cougars to enliven our imagination and set the stage as he traces the changes that have occurred at Point Reyes since the first Spanish explorers visited its shores in the late 1500s. Extensively illustrated with color photographs, original illustrations, and maps, the book also includes species lists for the reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, common invertebrates, fish, and plants found on the peninsula today, making it an essential companion for anyone who plans to visit one of California's most unique natural areas. - Publisher's description
It is almost that : a collection of image+text work by women artists & writers by Lisa Pearson( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 238 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 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The poems in Cole Swensen's Try explore the intersection of writing with the visual arts, particularly late medieval and early Renaissance paintings. They also explore writing as a visual vehicle, both as a pattern across a field and as a catalyst for imagery." "Looking at the paintings themselves involves examining the way that they make meaning and, in contrast, the way that words make meaning of them and of themselves - what happens when you have a representation of a representation? All the poems in this collection weave in and out of proximity to visual work, sometimes from the distance of a gallery viewer, sometimes as a character in the painting itself. Issues of narrative sequence and time float through the collection but are always subordinate to the play and rule of language on the page."--BOOK JACKET
Such rich hour : poems by Cole Swensen( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of a hundred hands : poems by Cole Swensen( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 177 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 & rsquo;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 & ldquo;han
Flare by Thomas Nozkowski( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 174 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
Noise that stays noise : essays by Cole Swensen( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 172 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
New math by Cole Swensen( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walking sculpture, 1967-2015 by Lexi Lee Sullivan( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 164 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
Gravesend by Cole Swensen( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 125 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
Landscapes on a train by Cole Swensen( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Influenced by the history of landscape painting, Cole Swensen’s new book is an experiment in seriality, in the different approach and scope that language must take to record the way that fluctuations of minutiae transform a whole. These poems meditate on what it is simply to look at the world, without judgment, without intervention, without appropriation. Swensen’s lyric observations, lilting and delicate, distill the act of seeing -- Provided by the publisher
Practice, Restraint by Laura Sims( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On walking on by Cole Swensen( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Numen by Cole Swensen( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonel Zoo by Olivier Cadiot( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 91 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 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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American hybrid : a Norton anthology of new poetry
Alternative Names
Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen Poet, translator, editor, professor

English (91)

French (5)

GoestThe glass ageOursIt is almost that : a collection of image+text work by women artists & writersTry : poemsSuch rich hour : poemsThe book of a hundred hands : poemsFlare