Cole Swensen (Author)
Alice James Books
April 01, 2004
5.58 X 0.25 X 8.5 inches | 0.28 pounds
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About the Author
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. She is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Goest, sonorous with a hovering "ghost" which shimmers at the root of all things, is a stunning meditation--even initiation--on the act of seeing, proprioception, and the alchemical properties of light as it exists naturally and inside the human realm of history, lore, invention and the "whites" of painting. Light becomes the true mistress and possibly the underlying language of all invention. Swensen's poetry documents a penetrating "intellectus"--light of the mind--by turns fragile, incandescent, transcendent.