Spinoza in Her Youth by Norma Cole

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These rich and rigorous poems delight in and disrupt the framing structures of language, memory, and history, so as to inhabit new fluencies of possibility. Encompassing a wide range of subject matter, while addressing concerns that emphasize the emotional, the political, and the philosophic, these poems all demonstrate a lyric integrity that is as responsive to the gravity of experience as it is to the pleasure one can find through the means of representing it.

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Norma Cole is a poet, painter, and translator. Her recent books include Do the Monkey, Spinoza in Her Youth, and NATURAL LIGHT. Her translations include Danielle Collobert's Journals, Fouad Gabriel Naffah's The Spirit God and the Properties of Nitrogen, and Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France. Born in Canada, Cole has lived in San Francisco since 1977.
Published April 1, 2002 by Omnidawn Publishing. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the five sequences of San Francisco poet Norma Cole's fourth collection, ""the sleep of reason/ considers progression/ gives you a sample"" with ""all the creatures/ tumbling out onto the tabletop of definition."" Spinoza in Her Youth moves from ""The Vulgar Tongue"" through to ""Desire & ...

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