April 4, 2007
Writers' Workshop Faculty Poets Swensen And Young Read April 17
Poets Cole Swensen and Dean Young, faculty members in University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Lecture Room 2 of UI Van Allen Hall.
Swensen, a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow described by the Library Journal as "one of the most assured voices in contemporary poetry," has a new book out, "The Glass Age," which was published in January.
A Publishers Weekly review commented, "Swensen's recent thematic book-length sequences (on Christian art, archaic inventions and the human hand) combine scholarly meticulousness with a postmodern flair for dislocation, cementing Swensen's reputation as an important experimental writer. Her new collection explores the figurative possibilities of glass: as windows, subjects of paintings, and photographic and cinematic lenses.
"Swensen draws relationships between disparate elements across time, space and discipline with a magician's touch. Her work continues to meditate on the act, and art, of seeing and saying."
Swensen's other collections are "The Book of a Hundred Hands," published by the UI Press Kuhl House Poets series; "Try," winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; "Such Rich Hour," which was also published by the UI Press and won the Poetry Center Book Award; "Noon," winner of the New American Poetry Series Award; "New Math," winner of the National Poetry Series award; and "Goest."
Young, whose "Elegy on Toy Piano" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is also represented by a new January title, "Embryoyo: New Poems."
David Sewell wrote, "The usual wit and imagination are in as prodigious supply as ever. All of Young's normal moves are in play -- mixing of the high and low, rapid juxtapositions, the surreal, the absurd, and the just plain silly.
"Young's idiosyncratic babel is not trash. It's something else, something hard to put a finger on. The poems always seem to be flying away -- from easy sense making, from themselves, from us. It's almost as if they are birds. And, as birds, most of them soar well above the seed-pecked fields of contemporary poetry."
Young's other collections are "Design with X," "Beloved Infidel," "Strike Anywhere," "First Course in Turbulence" and "Skid." "Original Monkey," a title by Empyrean Press and produced at the UI Center for the Book, is a collection of poems and drawings by Young.
The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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