Stele by Cole Swensen

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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

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Cole Swensen is the author of nine other books of poetry, including Such Rich Hour and Try (Iowa, 2001 and 1999). Her work has won the National Poetry Series competition, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, and a Pushcart Prize, and she has been a finalist for the National Book Award. She is also a translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism. Currently on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she divides her time among Iowa City, Washington, D.C., and Paris.
Published June 1, 2012 by The Post-Apollo Press. 40 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This brief and elegant collection—one book-length poem that can also be seen as a set of short similar units—sets out to mimic the act of walking, finding in the work of a person in motion a figure for all perception, wisdom, life: “walking is the other and/ and slips we think/ the motion a...

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