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Ours: Poems (Cloth First Edition)

Cole Swensen

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ISBN 10: 0520254635 / ISBN 13: 9780520254633
Published by University of California Press, 2008
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Berkeley: University of California Press (2008) First edition. First printing. Hardbound/cloth. New. A pristing unread copy. This is the hardcover edition, issued without jacket, in a very small printing, probably less than 1,000. Part of the NEW CALIFORNIA POETRY SERIES, edited by Robert Hass, Calvin Bedient, Brenda Hillman, and Forrest Gander. Never opened. Smoke-free. Shipped in a well padded box You cannot find a better copy. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # leaf46

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Title: Ours: Poems (Cloth First Edition)

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition....

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These poems are about gardens, particularly the seventeenth-century French baroque gardens designed by the father of the form, AndrÚ Le N˘tre. While the poems focus on such examples as Versailles, which Le N˘tre created for Louis XIV, they also explore the garden as metaphor. Using the imagery of the garden, Cole Swensen considers everything from human society to the formal structure of poetry. She looks in particular at the concept of public versus private property, asking who actually owns a garden? A gentle irony accompanies the question because in French, the phrase "le n˘tre" means "ours." Whereas all of Le N˘tre's gardens were designed and built for the aristocracy, today most are public parks. Swensen probes the two senses of "le n˘tre" to discover where they intersect, overlap, or blur.

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