Cole Swensen

ISBN: 978-0942996-78-4 • $12.00 • 48 pp.

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“Cole Swensen’s Stele goes forth with an artful, graceful balancing as in a minuet, stopping, bowing and then moving towards new thought. This reading ‘presumes a crossing’ of empty space in each line. This crossing is a waking dream, linking action with image.The interval grows until it changes how one reads this work. Simple rhythmic constraints of diction and of space construct a fluid but uneven chiasm where one starts to read down and across at once, too eerily different musical scores. Sophisticated, in a refined, unhurried measure, the more Stele gains restraint, the more ardent it becomes.”
Norma Cole

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cole Swensen is a poet and translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism. She co-edited the Norton anthology American Hybrid and is the founding editor of the small press La Presse. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she has held res-idencies at Yale’s Beinecke Library, Temple University, the VSC, and elsewhere, and has taught at the University of Denver, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and, currently, Brown University. She divides her life between Providence, RI and Paris.

Review in Publisher’s Weekly

Review on Rob Mclennan’s blog

Translated by Cole Swensen: The Real Life of Shadows