Peter Cole

Named MacArthur Fellow in 2007. Poet. Editor of Ibis Editions. Translator. Lives in both New Haven and Jerusalem. 
 

"Why let yourself be defined by these larger political forces with which you don't identify in any way? Rather than let yourself and let your language be defined by these forces—or be defined without resistance--you simply say: I'm going to take charge of the thing closest to me, the work that matters to me, and then let the work ripple out from there in a kind of Confucian manner, if it can."

 Peter Cole