Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside

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Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside opens with a foreword, an envoi laying out the concerns of the book. The book’s rhythmic geography tracks a shadow epic with its “1400 Facts,” aspects of feats, or anti-feats, events on the ground, but the hero/anti-hero is “you” & “I” & “we” and the narrative is “splinters of stars.” Fact/fiction, the West/Middle East, present/past, surface/depths, sound/silence— antinomies or continua? “More Facts” marks the question, “When// does the past/ begin?” ...
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Overview

Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside opens with a foreword, an envoi laying out the concerns of the book. The book’s rhythmic geography tracks a shadow epic with its “1400 Facts,” aspects of feats, or anti-feats, events on the ground, but the hero/anti-hero is “you” & “I” & “we” and the narrative is “splinters of stars.” Fact/fiction, the West/Middle East, present/past, surface/depths, sound/silence— antinomies or continua? “More Facts” marks the question, “When// does the past/ begin?” What does it mean, “to be at war”? How do we measure agency or time? Compression, compassion, rigor, reduction, focus. By means of posters, messages, notices, announcements and images. The poems, linked to one another by motion, emotion, image, diction, consider questions & “facts” – what are facts? “It is the simple fact of one’s own existence as possibility or potentiality.” [Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community Ch.11] What are dreams? The book closes with “If I’m Asleep” —don’t wake me.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Terse and delightfully challenging, and more serious than its comical title implies, this latest collection from the prolific poet and translator explores short lines, short units, blank space, and things left unsaid. After an introductory ode, Cole splits her work up into three long parts: the first, "14000 Facts," compiles syntactically independent, often self-descriptive, very short poems. In one of them, "thoughts shared/ line up// little ships/ light up"; in another, "A sign is a symbol for blood-/ soaked arguments." Gnomic, sometimes quite traditional in their symbols (doves, lutes), these compact pieces are more accessible than much of Cole's demanding earlier work. In her second sequence, "More Facts," short units speak across the borders of the page. In one transition, "nobody wanted// to hear that/ conversation/ is just// possible/ emptiness is/ relative// the way air/ resists": the page break, coming before the word "conversation," stands for the separateness of human bodies, the barriers to conversation after all. This focus on difficulty, on what comes between words and meanings, continues into the prose and verse of "If I'm Asleep," whose fragments can feel like erasures: "Night is approaching/ Butch// one pill less." Cole (Where Shadows Will) deals in hints, and in mysteries. (Sept.)
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"I think deeply that Win These Posters comes first of all from the voice and the modalities of its call. I also deeply think the poems come from the wall and modalities of shouting out like posters, announcements, notices, placards, tags, graffiti, in short anything that cries out, calls, protests exactly like Mayakovsky's posters/signs that set the revolutionary crowds on fire."  —Jean Daive, author, Under The Dome

"The tokens offered here, the 'prizes inside,' are the gifts of instruction that Norma Cole has fought so tenaciously to provide us with."  —Ammiel Alcalay, author, A Little History

"Norma's vision is of a world of ordinary violence mixing with ordinary life, but also of an extreme violence raping the soul. That vision has here surpassed her own intellectual powers, which are amazing, has traversed ages and galaxies, and moved by a seldom encountered profound tenderness for the pain of living, has reached the ultimate unity between mind, heart and events, in words that leave us totally disarmed."  —Etel Adnan, author, Sea and Fog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890650681
  • Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMA COLE is a poet, painter and translator. Her recent poetry publications include The Vulgar Tongue, Desire & Its Double and Spinoza in Her Youth, Scout, a text/image work in CD-ROM format. Current translation work includes Danielle Collobert's Journals, Anne Portugal's Nude and Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France. She created 2004-6 Collective Memory, an installation, performance, and publication for "Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004," California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA. Cole has received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, Gertrude Stein Awards, the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, as well as awards from the Fund for Poetry. A Canadian by birth, Cole migrated via France to San Francisco where she has lived for over twenty years.
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