Poetry. Art. GREENSWARD looks at the interaction between animals, humans, and gardens. Often playful, it explores the question of whether animals other than humans have an aesthetic sense, posits that they do, and suggests that they develop it through watching humans garden. The short sections of poetry and prose, sometimes plainspoken, sometimes poised precariously on the line between sense and non-sense, are dovetailed into engravings of 18th century gardens by the artist John Roque. Graphic artist Shari DeGraw and poet Cole Swensen collaborated on excerpting elements from the garden maps and playing with scale and patterning to create a conversation between the visual and verbal elements. Two well-known 18th century garden designers also make cameo appearances, giving the text a historical sweep from the heyday of the English landscape garden to the present. Publication of this title made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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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.Author City: PROVIDENCE, RI USA