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Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of twenty books of poetry, most recently And And And (Shearsman, 2023) and Art in Time (Nightboat, 2021). Previous volumes have won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series and have been finalists for the National Book Award and twice for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she divides her time between France and the US.

Walking with Poets

Nov/Dec 2015

William Blake

By Cole Swensen

To a country, we move slowly  to an answer  in a clock, or to a given tower, to walk  towers over in a glaze of field  said William Blake  to rest unnamed  reshaped the face one […]

Walking with Poets

Nov/Dec 2015

Thomas De Quincey

By Cole Swensen

inveterately, the quintessential walker of the streets of London, wrote toward the end of his life that “the human face tyrannized” his dreams, which is not in strange weather,          which […]

Walking with Poets

Nov/Dec 2015

Gérard de Nerval

By Cole Swensen

What is the wander, what aimless shelter, what within a very small room. Or we could call it a city. Or we could build a city in which you could […]

Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of fifteen books of poetry. She has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Award, once for the National Book Award, and has […]