Where Shadows Will is a finalist for the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Poetry Book of the Year.
Visit our podcast page to hear Norma Cole reading from Where Shadows Will at City Lights.
The first installment of our new Spotlight poetry series, Where Shadows Will selects from twenty years of innovative writing by Bay Area poet, translator, and visual artist Norma Cole. Beginning with her earliest collection, Mace Hill Remap (1988), and taking us up through her recent NATURAL LIGHT (2008), Where Shadows Will is a comprehensive overview of Cole's melodic and experimental poetry, whose shadow-haunted landscapes embody a theory-informed exploration of the relationship between language, self, and world. By turns severe and exuberant, Where Shadows Will confirms Cole's place as a major avant-garde poet and a leading voice among contemporary innovative women writers.
Praise for Norma Cole's Spinoza and Her Youth:
"She is a poet of consummate intelligence, a deft and compassionate company, who may now not, in Robert Duncan's phrase, remember whether she 'read' or 'wrote' this wonderous book."