Spinoza in Her Youth

Spinoza in Her Youth

by Norma Cole
     
 

Norma Cole's rich and rigorous poems delight in and disrupt the framing structures of language, memory, history, so as to inhabit new fluencies of possibility. Informed by a diversity of subject matter (including emotional, political, philosophic), each poem finds its balance of form and content upon the knifepoint of a lyric integrity that is as responsive to the

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Norma Cole's rich and rigorous poems delight in and disrupt the framing structures of language, memory, history, so as to inhabit new fluencies of possibility. Informed by a diversity of subject matter (including emotional, political, philosophic), each poem finds its balance of form and content upon the knifepoint of a lyric integrity that is as responsive to the gravity of experience as it is to the fallibility of our means of representing it.

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Publishers Weekly
In the five sequences of San Francisco poet Norma Cole's fourth collection, "the sleep of reason/ considers progression/ gives you a sample" with "all the creatures/ tumbling out onto the tabletop of definition." Spinoza in Her Youth moves from "The Vulgar Tongue" through to "Desire & Its Double" and "Conjunctions," mixing verse and prose to trace varying forms of thought. Embedded prose poems such as "Artificial Memory" and much of the 31-page title sequence achieve a rich abstraction that extrapolates the self's refractions: "the idealization of the face/ in the year -1/ nothing but a shadow/ she so became her name/ so first, this faith, it was/ a social tool." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890650094
Publisher:
Omnidawn Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

NORMA COLE is a poet, painter, translator. Among her poetry books: Mars (Listening Chamber '94), Moira (O Books '95), and Contrafact (Potes & Poets '96). Scout, a text/image work, is forthcoming (Krupskaya '02). Translations include Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (Burning Deck '00) and Anne Portugal's Nude (Kelsey St. Press '01). She teaches at San Francisco State University, the University of San Francisco, and in the MFA program at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. A Canadian by birth, Cole migrated via France to San Francisco where she has lived for the past twenty years.

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