"Poet, translator, and visual artist Cole (author, with painter Marina Adams, of Actualities) undertakes a lyric-inflected, experimental journey through gestures of mourning, longing, misrecognition, and threnody and into a series of meditations on fate, mortality, and the limits of being. 'Metabolic edge of experiment, ' Cole writes in 'The Painter's Measure, ' and it's an apt description of the locus from which she creates in a collection where formal variation is paramount. The book's opening and closing sections are notable for their meditations on institutional violence. . . . As she draws readers away from certainty, Cole moves toward a new mode of elegy. "– "Publisher's Weekly"