The Glass Age by Cole Swensen

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The post-impressionist Pierre Bonnard painted, among other things, dozens of paintings of windows. Starting there, this extended poem—part art criticism, part history—considers the phenomenon of glass, revealing the strength and fragility of our age in the minimalist style that has won Cole Swensen such acclaim.


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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 January 1, 2007 by Alice James Books. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Swensen's recent thematic book-length sequences (on Christian art, archaic inventions and the human hand) combine scholarly meticulousness with a postmodern flair for dislocation, cementing Swensen's reputation as an important experimental writer.

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