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Orphic Paris

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A poetic portrait of Paris that combines prose poetry, diary, and memoir by award-winning writer and poet Henri Cole.

Henri Cole’s Orphic Paris combines autobiography, diary, essay, and poetry with photographs to create a new form of elegiac memoir. With Paris as a backdrop, Cole, an award-winning American poet, explores with fresh and penetrating insight the nature of frie
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by New York Review Books
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
A series of seventeen short essays on life and art in Paris, the collection is more memorable for its sensitivity than its insight. Cole’s style of writing is entrancing, his juxtaposition of text and image powerful, but the philosophy he puts forth is outmoded. The pieces gathered here were first published in The New Yorker, and most cater toward the order-oriented aesthetic tastes of the magazine.
Jim Coughenour
Over the last week I moved across the continent from San Francisco to St Petersburg. My library (far too many boxes, the movers were cursing) is somewhere in between. Henri Cole’s slight memoir of a poet in Paris was the book I kept out to read, starting it at Peets in the Castro and finishing it at The Bikery in Historic Kenwood, all the while drifting silently through Cole’s Paris, following a poet’s solitude, musings and memories. Cole has adopted W G Sebald’s technique of dropping photos amo ...more
Nihad ALhamed
نصنع الفصاحة من الشجار مع الآخرين، لكن من الشجار مع أنفسنا نصنع الشعر
Omar Abu samra
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"أتساءل هل يمكن لكاتب ان يحب الكلمات اكثر من الحياة؟"
هذا الكتاب رحلة ادبية باريسية ممتعة ، تلتهمه دون ان تشعر وتريد المزيد
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سياحة أدبية مبهجة… والأجمل أنها في باريس 💞
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Paris, readers of modern poetry
Recommended to Richard by: poetry and Paris
I picked this up off a library bookshelf. I have only read, occasionally, Cole's poems in The New Yorker but can remember a colleague, one whom I thought would replace Charles Wright among US poets of natural description, saying, as we crossed the campus, that he would give an arm or a leg or both to get the imprimatur of Helen Vendler, who had just given Cole a very nice write-up in The New Yorker.

In any case, I was startled by how much I was captured by the book an its seventeen sections. Rilk
Mark Steve
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كانت أماني تترجم لهنري كول من سنوات في مجلة الدوحة، عرفت عن الكتاب من تويتر، مقتطفات وصور الغلاف وإخراج داخلي، أعجبتني الطبعة جدا كما أعجبتني اللغة الشعرية المكثفة، بعض كتابات المثليين غاية في الروعة، عاطفية وحنونة وتعمل من اللغة تركيبات جميلة، عرقلت القراءة بعض عثرات الترجمة ولكن تبقى إحتمالية شراؤه في الحسبان في المعرض القادم، نادرا ما يدفعني الكتاب إلى الشراء الآن نظرا لإتاحته إلكترونيا وقلة الموارد، لكن بعض الكتب تُملي شروطها وترغمني على اقتناءها كهذا الكتاب
Ben G
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this more as lifestyle porn than essays - so much wandering and contemplating. It’s Wanderlust in the German sense: embodying and embracing foreignness.

It’s a very enjoyable scrapbook, and many of the memories have profound depth. Reading it straight through hurts its charms - better off reading a few essays here and there.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ode "beautifully written" barely does justice to this gorgeous little memoir by Cole, one of our great poets. You don't have to know Paris well or even love it to experience Cole's ability to take the reader there with him as he walks its streets, thinks about his French mother, remember past loves and possible future ones, meets up with friends in cafes, and muses on what has inspired him in life. Black and white photographs, always relevant if not immediately germaine to the text, take us ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of Patti Smith's M Train in lots of ways: there is a pilgrimage quality to it, a slow walk through Paris, with plenty of reflections on art of all kinds, and seeing friends, and visiting places I have visited, and remember fondly, all interspersed with anecdotes and poetry and little trinket photographs. And Cole loves Deyrolle as much as David Sedaris does!

It is a book about many things, Paris, of course, poetry - "I think, in part, this is my subject as a poet - the inade
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unless I’m mistaken I read this collection of essays when the New Yorker magazine ran them in a series. The essays are for certain poetic, and filled with references to poets and poetry, Cole is a poet of admirable standing. Almost as an aside, but entrancing to me, were the ‘snaps’ that went along with the stories. If you love Paris, I do, if you have a romantic bent, if poetry and art and curiosities interest you, you will love this little collection. I did.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poetry and Paris. What’s not to like?
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful meditation on how life intersects with poetry, mapped onto one of the true cities of the mind-world.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This put me in a good mood.
Iris Verhoeven
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Yara Khedr
خليط من السيرة والشعر واليوميات ممتع ومسلي..🌸
William Sowka
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Paris invoking poetry once again
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good book if you're a depressed person. An even better book if you are a depressed person traveling to Paris in the fall.
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-mlps-lp
Decent Paris vibes, but a fair amount of “intellectual” and literary name dropping. I was like, “Okay, my dude, I get it, you’re a literary intellectual. Can we chill.”
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
one of the BEST books i read this year. an illuminating, enriching, elegiac walkabout through paris, the poet's life, and other lives (of poets, princes)... will return to it again and again.
Bachir Guediri
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book to Paris lovers and travel literature.

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