Poetry by Norma Cole
Full-color artwork by Marina Adams
A poet-artist collaboration
Marina Adams is a painter who lives and works in both New York City and Parma, Italy. She received her MFA in painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Selected solo exhibitions include Marina Adams: Marina Adams at Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY (2015 & 2013), and The Nature of Line at Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy (1997). She is a 2016 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Additionally, Adams frequently collaborates with poets. Adams is a Visiting Critic of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, and has taught at BMCC/CUNY, Middlebury College, Rutgers University, and Pratt Institute of Art.
Norma Cole is a poet, painter and translator. Her recent poetry publications include Natural Light (Libellum, 2009) and Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010). Cole has been the recipient of a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, Gertrude Stein Awards, as well as awards from The Fund for Poetry. She teaches in the Bay area and previously served on the faculty of the MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Canadian by birth, Cole migrated via France to San Francisco where she has lived since 1977.
Actualities opens a charged space between beauty and volatility. This marvelous collaboration between a poet and a painter traces the vital and sometimes liberating complexities of our moment in history’s debris field. Together lines and images carry a reader’s eye out, as if to sea, then fold back on each other like waves.
'How could I have missed it?’ writes Norma Cole. And the answer is: Easy, because things go by so fast—or at least they do in this nimble collection of mutually illuminating words, colors, and (in all senses of the word) lines, all of which readily lend themselves to transformations and leave in their wake ‘the / reality of / a laugh.’ These Actualities are, I think, what the French call actualités—and (updating Ezra Pound’s dictum) Cole the poet and Marina Adams the painter deliver all news, all the time.