Landscapes on a Train

Landscapes on a Train A radiant new book length sequence chronicling the ways observation creates landscapeInfluenced by the history of landscape painting Cole Swensen s new book is an experiment in seriality in the diff

  • Title: Landscapes on a Train
  • Author: Cole Swensen
  • ISBN: 9781937658410
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • A radiant new book length sequence chronicling the ways observation creates landscapeInfluenced by the history of landscape painting, Cole Swensen s new book is an experiment in seriality, in the different approach and scope that language must take to record the way that fluctuations of minutiae transform a whole These poems meditate on what it is simply to look at the woA radiant new book length sequence chronicling the ways observation creates landscapeInfluenced by the history of landscape painting, Cole Swensen s new book is an experiment in seriality, in the different approach and scope that language must take to record the way that fluctuations of minutiae transform a whole These poems meditate on what it is simply to look at the world, without judgment, without intervention, without appropriation Swensen s lyric observations, lilting and delicate, distill the act of seeing.

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    1. in the context of recommendation, thoroughly descriptive capturing the blurred monotony of rural travel while drawing attention to small details of interest: birds, cows, how the fields begin and end, great if you love description

    2. On a train ride through countryside, the landscape we see through the window is a continuity we understand, but that isn't what we observe; instead our recognitions are interrupted, our eyes always plummeting into the next shard of experience. Cole Swensen's Landscapes on a Train brings this transmogrification of passage, attention, and recollection to her book-length poem, within wraparound train window photographs by the poet that are less illustrations of her words than the introduction to th [...]

    3. Reading this is watching trees turn into houses into water when you're traveling from one place to another and you don't have to do anything but look and let pass

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