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Poetry. Cole Swensen's PARK is a book of poetry devoted to the discoveries and happenings in an unspecified park. Swensen, who was recently awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, takes an aesthetic interest in the phenomena of park-ness and an interest in seeing as a way of knowing what makes a place a generator of experience. The poem is organized numerically and gestures at ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Floating Island Publications
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Oct 06, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
Though it will make me sound stupid, I will admit to not truly "getting it." However, that bothered me much less with this little volume than it has with others of the more "language" persuasion (as this, in a way, reminds me of that style - as loosely defined as it is).

In a way, (and this will undoubtedly make me sound even more insipid), it reminded me of a concept album by a well-known classic rock group (none in particular). I don't know if that means that I haven't done enough drugs to tru
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Re-vision. If a firm of architects were 5 years old and felt like making a park. This is my favorite Cole Swensen.
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Among my favorite books--"there is inside it / something sun." "Light redistributing the news."
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Cole Swensen (b. 1955— ) in Kentfield near San Francisco, Swensen was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and is the author of over ten poetry collections and as many translations of works from the French. A translator, editor, copywriter, and teacher, she received her B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa ...more
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