Blackbird and Wolf

Poems

Henri Cole

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I don’t want words to sever me from reality.
I don’t want to need them. I want nothing
to reveal feeling but feeling—as in freedom,
or the knowledge of peace in a realm beyond,
or the sound of water poured in a bowl.

—from “Gravity and Center”

In his sixth collection of verse, Henri Cole deepens his excavations and examinations of autobiography and memory. These poems—often hovering within the realm of the sonnet—combine a delight in the senses with the rueful, the elegiac, the harrowing. Central here is the human need for love, the highest function of our species. Whether writing about solitude or unsanctioned desire, animals or flowers, the dissolution of his mother’s body or war, Cole maintains a style that is neither confessional nor abstract, and he is always opposing disappointment and difficult truths with innocence and wonder.

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“[Cole writes] in a voice that buzzes with emotion . . . His best book to date.” —Publishers Weekly

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Henri Cole

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and was raised in Virginia. The recipient of many awards, he is the author, most recently, of Middle Earth (FSG, 2003), a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and The Visible Man (FSG, 1998).

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Blackbird and Wolf
Poems
Henri Cole

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Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
March 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374531126
ISBN10: 0374531129
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 80 pages
$13.00

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8/12/2014
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ISBN: 9781466877757
ISBN10: 1466877758
80 pages
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