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Landscapes on a Train
Cole Swensen

2015 • 80

pp. 8 x 6"

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-41-0

“Swensen’s powers of description transform what could easily be an academic exercise into an aesthetic journey that for many readers will be worth taking for the sights and sounds alone.”—Publishers Weekly

A radiant new book-length sequence chronicling the ways observation creates landscape

Influenced by the history of landscape painting, Cole Swensen’s new book is an experiment in seriality, in the different approach and scope that language must take to record the way that fluctuations of minutiae transform a whole. These poems meditate on what it is simply to look at the world, without judgment, without intervention, without appropriation. Swensen’s lyric observations, lilting and delicate, distill the act of seeing.

“Swensen’s poetry documents a penetrating ‘intellectus’—light of the mind—by turns fragile, incandescent, transcendent.”—Anne Waldman

From the Book:

Quiet lights the fog, washes the grey. Grey, the green that could have been rain.
A long line of greenhouses and small boats tied up to the bank, young plants under
Canvas arches another river passes, fewer boats and a house built for summer will
Rain upon rain.

COLE SWENSEN is the author of 13 books of poetry, including Gravesend, and a book of essays, Noise That Stays Noise. She’s also the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founder and editor of La Presse, a nano-press dedicated to contemporary French work in translation. She is professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:25:41 -0500