Cole Swensen on Gardens
New at PennSound
Cole Swensen was a guest on Leonard Schwartz’s radio program, “Cross-Cultural Poetics,” back in January. Thanks to Henry Steinberg, now PennSound offers a segmented recording of the reading and discussion. Swensen offers a reading of “A Garden Is a Start” and then takes a few minutes to talk about the style of that poem. She reads “If a Garden of Numbers” but we are also treated to her discussion of the geometry of Le Notre gardens, of gardens taking dominion over nature, of fountains as a public commodity. (The readings were from her recent book, Ours.) It’s all here — available as of just yesterday. By the way, I’m happy to say that Leonard Schwartz was here at the Writers House this fall (9/23/10) — and was also a guest on PoemTalk.