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Henri Cole

Henri Cole
Susan Unterberg

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956. He has published over half a dozen previous collections of poetry, including Touch, Nothing to Declare, and Blackbird and Wolf; and a memoir, Orphic Paris. Among his many awards are the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He lives in Boston, where he is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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Blizzard

Henri Cole
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Henri Cole, one of our greatest poets, explores the discordant nature of our condition on earth in Blizzard, his tenth collection.

“An artist of the...

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Nothing to Declare

Henri Cole
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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A bold new collection of poems of feral beauty and intense vulnerability

Henri Cole's bold new collection, Nothing to Declare, contains poems of feral beauty and intense...

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Touch

Henri Cole
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Henri Cole's last three books have shown a continuously mounting talent. In his new book, Touch, written with an almost invisible but ever-present art, he continues to render his human topics—a...

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Pierce the Skin

Henri Cole
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A GENEROUS SELECTION FROM ONE OF OUR GREATEST LIVING POETS

Henri Cole has been described as a "fiercely somber, yet exuberant poet" by Harold Bloom, who identifies...

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Blackbird and Wolf

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...

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The Visible Man

Henri Cole
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"To write what is human, not escapist," is Henri Cole's endeavor. In The Visible Man he pursues his aim by folding autobiography and memory into the thirty severe and fiercely truthful lyrics--poems...

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Middle Earth

Henri Cole
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Time was plunging forward,
like dolphins scissoring open water or like me,
following Jenny's flippers down to see the coral reef,
where the color of sand, sea...

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