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Peter Cole - What is Doubled


Peter Cole - What is Doubled

Paperback, 212pp, 9x6ins 
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This volume gathers between a single set of covers Peter Cole's first two highly-praised books of poems published in the United States — Rift and Hymns & Qualms. The doubling of its title, however, runs deeper, and reflects Cole's long engagement with the cultures of Jerusalem and linkage at every level. Whether a poem takes up the patterns of bird flight, the Eros of speech, or the slaughter of Muslim worshippers by a Jewish settler in Hebron, the poet's concern throughout has been with forms of offering and strategies of sustenance. What is Doubled "envelops light as it conveys light" (Bradford Morrow), and introduces readers to what American poet David Shapiro has called "a startling synthesis of the poetry of wisdom and the freshest music."


In addition to his two collections of poems, Peter Cole has published many volumes of translations from medieval and contemporary Hebrew and Arabic. Cole has received numerous awards for his work, including a TLS Translation Prize, the PEN-America Translation Award, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Born and raised in the United States, he now lives in Jerusalem, where he co-edits Ibis Editions.

Praise for Peter Cole's work includes the following —

"The keenness of his mind and the moral seriousness of his work astonish … The exquisite specificity of his diction and the intricacy of his prosody are without parallel among the poets of his — and my — generation." —Forrest Gander

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