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Touch: Poems

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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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Kevin Lawrence
Aug 10, 2015 Kevin Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Noaman
Aug 03, 2014 Noaman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Gazing into the bar mirror,
my brow and jaw less pronounced than my father's,
weary at the neck, I want to be real, to think, to live.
I want to press my face up to the glass and climb out.

--- "Bloodstains"
Anne
Jan 18, 2016 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read Cole's Blackbird, and so I picked up this poetry book in a secondhand bookstore I frequent. Some poems are striking and the tone is quite melancholy, the best of them can make your breath catch in your throat.
C. Derick
Apr 17, 2016 C. Derick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henri Cole's poem is filled with discrete and slightly surreal poems whose craft--and even whose quirk--display an undercurrent of intense pain. The poems revolve largely around dealing the death of his mother, processing the memory of his alcoholic father, and healing from a destructive relationship with an addict. The collection though, despite the pain and surreal touches, remains largely subdued and most of the emotional heft is in the undercurrent rather than the current of poems. Cole has ...more
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Dec 15, 2014 i! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, american
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.
Charity
Really confusing. I couldn't tell when or how some people in the book were dying or if they actually were. (See confusing) and the sentence structure was all over the place-and not in a good way.
R.G. Evans
Jul 19, 2014 R.G. Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poems by a master of image and knock-out closing lines, rendering the personal and specific chillingly universal. Everyone mortal should read this book.
amy boese
Feb 15, 2012 amy boese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Some poems really resonated, some seemed less personally exact, but all were a joy to run through my mind and read aloud. I really enjoyed this small potent book.
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Mar 09, 2013 Christina Borgoyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is great depth to this little collection of poems by Henri Cole.
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