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Author
Henri Cole.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780374113797
Pages/Publication Date 59/2006
Daedalus Item Code 11912
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"In his sixth book, [Henri] Cole wants to write 'something highly controlled / that is the opposite,' and he succeeds. Once a poet of great formal control and dense, sometimes inscrutable lines, Cole now writes simply and sparely, mixing autobiography, eros and the natural world in a voice that buzzes with emotion. Single-lined stanzas accentuate the poems' spareness, placing great pressure on each line. Cole can devastate ('I'm sorry I cannot say I love you when you say / you love me,'), declaim in deadpan ('I have a fever which I'm treating with gin') or plainly declare ('I'm tired of just being a man'). Many poems look grief in the face, addressing a dying mother, an ex-lover, flowers and animals, an absent god, the disappointing self, even the 43rd president, with whom Cole admits to a degree of fellowship—a rare sentiment these days, especially in poems—a common fear of 'some unbroken animal/ circling in the dark wood.'... This intimate, honest voice surprises. Poetry 'is stronger / than I am and makes me do what it wants,' Cole writes of the bullying that has produced his best book to date."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
 
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