Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen Poems

1.
Five Landscapes

One
Green moves through the tops of trees and grows
lighter greens as it recedes, each of which includes a grey, and among the
greys, or beyond them, waning finely into white, there is one white spot,
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2.
The Invention Of Streetlights

noctes illustratas
(the night has houses)
and the shadow of the fabulous
broken into handfuls—these
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3.
What The Ventriloquists Said

amid the growing craze for automatons
The voice within the device that moves is not
(as if nothing human
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4.
August 1427: Abundance

Item: this year:
and made so beautiful August that it made never of the age of
man alive
Comme (as) dit (is) est (said):
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5.
The Evolution Of The Garden

As Albertus Magnus instructs us
that shade is dearer than fruit and the trees be not bitter ones let them
not be
bitter please
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Cole Swensen (born 1955, in Kentfield, California) is an American poet, translator, editor, copywriter, and professor. Swensen was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and is the author of more than ten poetry collections and as many translations of works from the French. She received her B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D ...

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