Peter Cole

  • June 30, 2014   BY  

    “The Invention of Influence” is Peter Cole’s fourth book of poetry. A named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007, Cole is also known for his translations, including “The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition” and “The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492.” Cole lives in both Jerusalem and Connecticut. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2014   BY  

    Peter Cole thinks of all poetry as translation. “Writing one’s own poetry, you’re translating a nonverbal experience or a less than articulate experience into something much more articulate,” he told Art Beat. In addition to writing his own, Cole translates Hebrew and Arabic poetry into English. When Cole finished translating 2,000 years of Jewish mystical poetry for his previous project “The Poetry of Kabbalah” (Yale University Press, 2012), he was ready to start producing his own work again, but it wasn’t a simple or easy transition. Continue reading