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by Norma Cole
Poetry. This book of new poems by a modern master of the found and formulated, and an important translator, is divided into three sequences: "Pluto's Disgrace," "In Our Own Backyard," and "Collective Memory." Music controls the tone--"Here from the tap the heart beats"--as everyday life takes place under a political specter. The universe is taken as greater frame, allowing ...more
Paperback, 59 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Libellum Books
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This 2009 book seems a fascinating bridge between Cole's ongoing emphases and new formal and thematic concerns. The book is segmented into three sequences. The first of these, "Pluto's Disgrace" (about which I am especially crazy) has the concision and lyricism of 1400 Facts, a recent (and excellent) a+bend chapbook. "In Our Own Backyard" carries on, often including narrative elements, some overt political observations, but always coupled with Cole's philosophical sensibility. The final section, ...more
Cole's poems echo outward in the sparest of language, like a smooth stone causing concentric ripples on the surface of water. From elemental rock to wire to fence to apartheid, from the sun and stars to "the children and the/ women who were/ trying to shield them." Personal. Global. Political. Musical.