Poetry. "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
Cole Swensen is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including ON WALKING ON (Nightboat Books, 2017), LANDSCAPES ON A TRAIN (Nightboat Books, 2015) , and a book of essays, Noise That Stays Noise. Also a translator, she's the founding editor of La Presse, dedicated to contemporary French work in translation. She is professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.
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