By Peter Cole
“[Peter Cole’s] poetry might be such a lot outstanding for its blend of highbrow rigor with savor floor, for the way its prosody returns each one abstraction to the physique, linking concept and breath, metaphysics and musicality. non secular, erotic, elegiac, pissed off—the affective diversity is extensive and the varieties restless.”
—Ben Lerner, BOMB
Hymns & Qualms brings jointly MacArthur Fellow Peter Cole’s acclaimed poetry and translations, weaving them right into a helical complete. Praised for his “prosodic mastery” and “keen ethical intelligence” (American Poets), and for the “rigor, vigour, pleasure, and wit” of his poetry (The Paris Review), Cole has created an important, unclassifiable physique of labor that plumbs centuries of knowledge whereas paying sharp cognizance to the textures and tensions of the current. he's, Harold Bloom writes, “a matchless translator and one of many handful of genuine poets in his personal American iteration. Hymns & Qualms is an impressive paintings, a chronicle of the creative lifetime of a profoundly non secular consciousness.”
Cole is a maker—of poems and worlds. From his earliest registrations of the Jerusalem landscape’s stark energy to electrical renderings of mystical medieval Hebrew hymns; from his kabbalistically encouraged contemporary poems to sensuous types of masterworks of Muslim Spain; and from his provocative presentation of up to date poetry from Palestine and Israel to his personal miraculous reckonings with politics, good looks, and the double-edged dynamic of impact, Cole deals a ramifying imaginative and prescient of connectedness. within the strategy, he defies conventional differences among new and outdated, usual and international, translation and original—“as though,” in his personal phrases, “living itself have been an unending translation.”
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Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations by Peter Cole