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 couldnOCOt.
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 OC hand as a boatless sailOCO), and professions (OC the hand as window in which the panes infinitesimalOCO), Cole SwensenOCOs fine hand is OC that which augmentsOCO our understanding and appreciation of OC this freak wing, OCO this OC wheel that comforts noneOCO yet remains OC a fruit the size and shape of the heart.OCO"show more