The Glass Age
The Glass Age
“Swensen’s recent thematic book-length sequences . . . combine scholarly meticulousness with a postmodern flair for dislocation, cementing Swensen’s reputation as an important experimental writer.”
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Cole Swensen is the author of ten previous books of poetry including Goest which was a National Book Award Finalist. She has also won the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes and a National Poetry Series selection, as well as grants for translating and writing, and a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. She is on the permanent faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and divides her time between Iowa, Washington DC, and Paris.
“Inspired by postimpressionist painter Pierre Bonnard . . . Swensen crafts poems that incorporate language play and collage.”
“Cole Swensen’s The Glass Age is a masterwork . . . A remarkably adept, even facile craftsperson—I know of no poet who makes the most stunning verbal effects on the page look more effortless . . . Her critical assumptions, literary strategies and approach to the text clearly places her among the finest post-avant poets we now have.”
“Seeing is believing sometimes, but believing is almost always seeing, at least according to Cole Swensen’s long meditation on glass, windows, vision, and various writers and artists who have used these in their work, especially Bonnard, Apollinaire, Wittgenstein, Hammershøi, Saki, and the Lumière brothers. Swensen provides us with an invaluable postmodern retrofit of Keats’s magic casements.”
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