- Books

The Book of a Hundred Hands

The Book of a Hundred Hands The hand is second only to language in defining the human being and its constant presence makes it a ready reminder of our humanity with all its privileges and obligations In this dazzling collectio

  • Title: The Book of a Hundred Hands
  • Author: Cole Swensen
  • ISBN: 9780877459460
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • The hand is second only to language in defining the human being, and its constant presence makes it a ready reminder of our humanity, with all its privileges and obligations In this dazzling collection, Cole Swensen explores the hand from any angle approachable by language and art Her hope to exhaust the hand as subject matter her joy the fact that she couldn t TheseThe hand is second only to language in defining the human being, and its constant presence makes it a ready reminder of our humanity, with all its privileges and obligations In this dazzling collection, Cole Swensen explores the hand from any angle approachable by language and art Her hope to exhaust the hand as subject matter her joy the fact that she couldn t These short poems reveal the hand from a hundred different perspectives Incorporating sign language, drawing manuals, paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, shadow puppets, imagined histories, positions the hand as a boatless sail , and professions the hand as window in which the panes infinitesimal , Cole Swensen s fine hand is that which augments our understanding and appreciation of this freak wing, this wheel that comforts none yet remains a fruit the size and shape of the heart.

    • Best Read [Cole Swensen] Æ The Book of a Hundred Hands || [Memoir Book] PDF È
      171 Cole Swensen
    • thumbnail Title: Best Read [Cole Swensen] Æ The Book of a Hundred Hands || [Memoir Book] PDF È
      Posted by:Cole Swensen
      Published :2018-08-12T20:25:52+00:00

    1 thought on “The Book of a Hundred Hands

    1. Sad to put this one away. . .On second read-through, I'm thinking the hands are not symbolic of anything, but are more a site at which to gather images or strong verbs, mostly suggestive of human relations to the world. . . Swensen conceives of the hands as not symbols of the mind's interaction with reality, but as actually a sort of mind themselves, a sort of subjectivity. I'd recommend this book to dancers--and everyone else, really, but physical people especially--because it does create an em [...]

    2. “In an x-ray you can tell.” Cole Swenson’s recent collection of poems, though we might call it a series of specific engagements and investigations, holds true the line from “Fingertips”: “Attention can hone / down that close, and then the bone flattens out / just a bit / and you can hear / what it hears, and you can hear / it.” This attention referenced, is the outward looking toward the anatomy of the hands, its spaces and curves, i.e. it’s availability to be seen through an ima [...]

    3. The book of a hundred hands is a compendium, a thorough and thoroughly poetic examination of the human hand. The poems are organized into sections, which give an idea of Swenson’s approach to the subject: The History of the Hand, Positions of the Hand, Professions of the Hand, Representations of the Hand, The Anatomy of the Hand, American Sign Language, Shadow Puppets, A Manual of Gesture: Public Speaking for the Gentleman (1879), and Paintings of Possible Hands. A few of my favorite lines fro [...]

    4. I've been reading this one for at least a year and haven't been able to finish it. It's about hands. There are lots of them.

    5. If you do know that here is one hand, we'll grant you all the rest.- Wittgenstein, On CertaintyThe Book of a Hundred Hands is divided into nine parts: "The History of the Hand", "Positions of the Hand", "Professions of the Hand", "Representations of the Hand", "The Anatomy of the Hand", "American Sign Language", "Shadow Puppets", "A Manual of Gestures: Public Speaking for the Gentleman (1879)", and "Paintings of Possible Hands"From "The History of the Hand"Skip a stone across a water. Your eye w [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *