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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

performances
December 21

Formation Series: Trench & Tontine Ensemble

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 16 Sunday, October 16
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

 

“In [Cole’s] work, meanings unfurl and gesture, resonate, play emphatic and contrapuntal gamings with language’s fluency.” —Erin Moure, Lemon Hound  

 

Norma Cole is a poet, translator, and visual artist. She was born in Toronto, Canada, and received a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature in 1967 and an M.A. in French Language and Literature in 1969. Cole has published numerous books of poetry, including Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside (Omnidawn, 2012), Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008 (City Lights, 2009), and most recently Actualities (Litmus Press, 2015), her collaboration with painter Marina Adams. Her books in translation include Danielle Collobert’s Journals (1989), and a new translation of Jean Daive’s first book, White Decimal, forthcoming from Omnidawn

 

Cole’s experimental work SCOUT, a text and image work, was released in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Cole was the lead artist for Collective Memory, an installation, performance, and publication for “Poetry and its Arts: Bay area Interactions 1954-2004” commissioned by the California Historical Society in San Francisco, California.

 

Norma Cole has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, three Gertrude Stein Awards, the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, and awards from the Fund for Poetry. She has held adjunct and visiting professorships and residencies at over two dozen institutions, including the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the Naropa Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.

 


Still Today

                                              for Bill Berkson


 

It’s still today

Be still

 

Is it far where you are?

Beyond the furthermores and the afterwards

 

Sway me now

Notice the hook

 

Or failed star

Or jailed target

 

The force of it

User interface blindsided

 

Or neurological space

It has a logic to it, you could

 

Force an elegy: social practice

The war, the cold river water

 

Formation, disruption, the lamp

Suddenly begins to flicker

 

So keep on

Proposing paradise

 

 


Norma Cole will also present with Ronnie Hess and Paul Smyth at the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 15 in Fort Atkinson. More details here.

 

 

Made possible with generous support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Mary L. Nohl Fund.