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One of the many voices to praise this book, Wayne Koestenbaum has siad in The New Yorker that "Cole can approach a variety of subjects, from first love to cabbage butterflies, from a wedding announcement in the Times to a family shocked by a son's homosexuality. . . . Commanding a full range of idioms, he assembles poems of a sculptural fineness."
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"Henri Cole explores for the third time the ranges of his talent. In this book the burning-glass of feelings, of anguish and lament, is held mercifully under the gentling moonlight of form. The sufferings of AIDS victims are distanced by 'stories' brushed on the page like French Impressionist paintings. Pity and terror join hands once more with beauty and grace."
Mona Van Duyn
"Henri Cole's book looks into the look of things, looking at how he feels and sees, how he reciprocally reflects on himself in reviewing the beautiful and terrible changes of the exterior world as they have everything and nothing to do with his inmost religious and sensual yearnings. He has an elegant eye, a fine ear, a tongue bright as bittersweet."
Philip BoothAbout the Author:
Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956. He was reared in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1989 he received the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. His poems have appeared in Antaeus, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review, among others, and he has published two previous collections of poetry: The Marble Queen (1986) and The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge (1989). From 1982 to 1988 he was executive director of the Academy of American Poets, and he has since taught at Columbia, Reed, Yale, and the University of Maryland. At present he is Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard.
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Book Description Knopf, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11067976593X
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-067976593X
Book Description Knopf, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M067976593X