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The Visible Man

Poems

Henri Cole

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Now back in print, this collection "is a breakthrough book in Cole's ongoing body of work . . . [It] is a triumph not only for the art but for the scathingly told tale of honest and unflinching realism" (Laim Rector, The Harvard Review). Cole, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Middle Earth, folds autobiography and memory into the thirty severe and fiercely truthful lyrics—poems presenting a constant tension between classical repose and the friction of life. "These poems are marvels—unbuttoned, riveting, dramatic—burned into being."—Tina Barr, Boston Review

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"The invention of a self so harrowing in character will remind readers of the confessions in Robert Lowell's Life Studies . . . Most other books would be reduced to ashes by the comparison." --William Logan, The Washington Post Book World

* "In his fourth collection, Henri Cole has submitted to the unsparing self-examination and self-generated demand for change that mark the true artist . . . The voice that breaks the poems open frees itself in a crucible of confession and absolution, through poems that incorporate history, art, religion, family, and sexuality."--Tina Barr, The Boston Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Henri Cole

  • Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and was raised in Virginia. The recipient of many awards, including the Kingsley Tufts Award for his most recent book, Middle Earth, he is the author of four other books of poems.
  • Henri Cole Susan Unterberg
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Poems

Henri Cole

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