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by Henri Cole
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 mother’s death, a lover’s addiction, war—with a startling clarity. Cole’s new poems are impelled by a dark knowledge of the body—both its pleasures and its discontents—and they are ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published September 13th 2011)
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Dealing with the death of his mother, the memory of his alcoholic father, and a destructive relationship with an addict as Cole mourns, this collection is surprisingly very low-key. Perhaps it is the way he turns to the animal world to help understand the very primal emotions he is dealing with as well as his deft use of a sonnet variant in many poems that gives the poems a quiet dignity. There is one very unfortunate poem that alternates lines from a teenage torture victim of state violence wit ...more
Dec 15, 2014 i! rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Overall not bad excepting the trainwreck that is "By the name of God..." but many of them a little too cutesy for my taste. Nothing terribly stirring here though: "pleasant" is maybe the best qualifier, with its damned-with-faint-praise-connotations maybe halfway in place.