Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside

By Norma Cole
(Omnidawn Publishing, Paperback, 9781890650681, 100pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

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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?" 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.



About the Author
Norma Cole (born May 12, 1945) is a contemporary American poet, visual artist, and frequent translator from the French. She received her M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto. A Canadian by birth, Norma Cole migrated via France to San Francisco where she has lived since 1977. For nearly twenty years, Norma Cole's work has received great acclaim for her: "openness to traditions and practices, artists and writings, radically divergent from her own." Recently, she collaborated with The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives at SFSU in honor of their fiftieth anniversary. There she helped to create a site-specific gallery installation titled Collective Memory which opened on December 11, 2004 and ran through April 16, 2005. The project was described as: Among other awards, she is the recipient of the Gerbode Poetry Prize and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. In 2006 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. "The Poetics of Vertigo"--delivered as the 1998 "George Oppen Memorial Lecture"---won the Robert D. Richardson NonFiction Award. With Boston photographer Ben E. Watkins she won the Purchase Award for the photo/text collaboration, "They Flatter Almost Recognize."
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