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Name  Norma Cole
Role  Poet
Education  University of Toronto

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Books  Where Shadows Will: Sele, Spinoza in her youth, To be at Music: Essays, The Final Tide, And the Tide Shall Cover the

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Norma Cole (born May 12, 1945) is a contemporary American poet, visual artist, translator, and curator. An Anglophone Canadian by birth, Cole learned French as a child, and went on as an adult to translate the works of French poets Emmanuel Hocquard, Danielle Collobert, Fouad Gabriel Naffah, and Jean Daive, with whom she is intellectually allied. In the 1970s and 1980s Cole was a member of the San Francisco-based circle of poets congregating around Robert Duncan. Cole is often identified as a Language poet.


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Life and work

Born in Toronto, Canada to an Anglophone family, Norma Cole began learning French in middle school. Cole studied at the University of Toronto, where she received a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature (French and Italian) in 1967 and an M.A. in French Language and Literature in 1969.

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After university, Cole moved to France in time to absorb the revolutionary atmosphere of the aftermath of the May '68 general strike. She spent several years living in a small village in the foothills of the Alpes-Maritimes near Nice. During this period in France, Cole began drawing, sculpting, and establishing relationships with many contemporary French poets.

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In the early 1970s Cole returned to Toronto, before migrating to San Francisco in 1977, where she has lived ever since. Upon her arrival to the Bay Area, Cole got a job in the public school system, but it was through her association with New College of California that she met her core community of poets, including Robert Duncan, Michael Palmer, David Levi Strauss, Susan Thackrey, Aaron Shurin, and Laura Moriarty. However she continued to spend time in France, and her association with French poets has been crucial to her work. Important French connections have included Claude Royet-Journoud, Emmanuel Hocquard, and Joseph Simas, who published her first book, Mace Hill Remap.

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Norma Cole 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 Non-Fiction Award. With Boston photographer Ben E. Watkins she won the Purchase Award for the photo/text collaboration, "They Flatter Almost Recognize."

Recent projects

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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:

  • " a departure from her earlier work, extending what has been primarily a written, literary practice to the expanded dimensions of a public space...Aimed at exploring and embodying the creative process involved in making poetry, Cole...worked both on site and off, inviting, responding to, and incorporating into her text the comments, perceptions, and contributions of visitors...opening the possibilities for more active exchange with others.
  • And:

  • Aspects of the installation will change over time, providing an evolving and adaptable creative space, altered by the objects and people moving through it...the project will openly demonstrate that poetry making is not an insular and isolated activity, acceptable as long as it's on the perimeter of society, but an integrated art form based in communal exchange, from which we need to learn."
  • Selected publications & translations

    Poetry/Prose ~ Books & Chapbooks
  • Mace Hill Remap (Paris: Moving Letters,1988). [ e-text version available: see External links below ]
  • Metamorphopsia (Poets & Poets, 1988).
  • My Bird Book (Littoral, 1991).
  • Mars (Listening Chamber, Berkeley, California 1994).
  • Moira (O Books, 1995).
  • Contrafact (Poets & Poets, 1996).
  • Quotable Gestures, (CREAPHIS/un bureau sur l’Atlantique, France, 1998)
  • Desire & its Double (Instress, 1998).
  • The Vulgar Tongue (a+bend, 2000).
  • Spinoza in Her Youth (Omnidawn Publishing, Richmond, CA, 2002) ISBN 1-890650-09-9.
  • A little a & a (Seeing Eye Books, Los Angeles, 2002).
  • Burns (Belladonna Books, 2002).
  • Do the Monkey (Zasterle, 2006) ISBN 84-87467-44-X.
  • Natural Light (Libellum, 2009) ISBN 978-0-9752993-6-4
  • Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988-2008 (City Lights Books, San Francisco, 2009) ISBN 978-0-87286-474-0.
  • 14000 FACTS (A+Bend Press, 2009)
  • To Be At Music: Essays & Talks (Omnidawn Publishing, Richmond, CA, 2010) ISBN 978-1-890650-44-5
  • Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside . (Omnidawn Publishing, Richmond, CA, 2010) ISBN 978-1-89065-068-1
  • Text & Image
  • SCOUT, text/image work in CD ROM format, (Krupskaya, 2004).
  • At All: Tom Raworth & His Collages (Hooke Press, 2006).
  • Collective Memory, installation, performance, and publication for "Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004," (California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA, 2004–06)
  • Translations
  • It Then by Danielle Collobert (O Books, 1989).
  • The Surrealists Look at Art, essays by Aragon, Breton, Eluard, Soupault, Tzara, edited and translated with Michael Palmer, (Lapis Press, Venice, California, 1990).
  • This Story is Mine: Little Autobiographical Dictionary of Elegy by Emmanuel Hocquard, (Instress, 1999).
  • A Discursive Space: Interviews with Jean Daive by Anne-Marie Albiach, (Duration Press, Sausalito, California, 1999.
  • (editor and translator) Crosscut Universe, an anthology of poetry / poetics by contemporary French writers, (Burning Deck, 2000).
  • Nude by Anne Portugal [Le Plus simple appareil], (Kelsey Street Press, Berkeley, California, 2001)
  • Distant Noise by Jean Frémon, (with Lydia Davis, Serge Gavronsky, Cole Swensen), (Avec Books, Penngrove, California, 2003).
  • Notebooks 1956-1978 by Danielle Collobert, (Litmus Press, 2003) ISBN 0-9723331-1-8
  • The Spirit God and the Properties of Nitrogen by Fouad Gabriel Naffah (Post-Apollo Press, Sausalito, California, 2004).
  • References

    Norma Cole Wikipedia