"The Book of a Hundred Hands shows one of our most gifted poets at the top of her form. . . For this poet every mark made on paper is an acoustic signal. As she wonderfully puts it in 'Grip,' 'the intricate isthmus of the wrist made initial.'"--Susan Howe

The Book of a Hundred Hands,   University of Iowa Press, 2005

"In The Book of a Hundred Hands, the ever-investigatory Cole Swensen considers the human hand and delivers no fewer than 100 takes on it, from its prehistory to its depiction in contemporary painting . . . It not only illuminates the hand per se but also serves to illustrate the hand’s necessary relevance to countless other objects and ideas . . . an approach Swensen follows here with characteristic perfection and dazzling effect.” Rob Schlegel, The Boston Review