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"To write what is human, not escapist," is Henri Cole's endeavor. In The Visible Man he pursues his aim by folding autobiography and memory into the thirty severe and fiercely truthful lyrics--poems presenting a constant tension between classical repose and the friction of life--that make up this exuberant book. This work, wrote Harold Bloom, "persuades me that Cole will b"To write what is human, not escapist," is Henri Cole's endeavor. In The Visible Man he pursues his aim by folding autobiography and memory into the thirty severe and fiercely truthful lyrics--poems presenting a constant tension between classical repose and the friction of life--that make up this exuberant book. This work, wrote Harold Bloom, "persuades me that Cole will be a central poet of his generation. The tradition of Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane is beautifully extended in The Visible Man, particularly in the magnificent sequence 'Apollo.' Keats and Hart Crane are presences here, and Henri Cole invokes them with true aesthetic dignity, which is the mark of nearly every poem in The Visible Man."...

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ISBN : 9780374284480
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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The Visible Man: Poems Reviews

  • Ian
    2019-03-20 06:43

    This is one of the few books of poetry I've ever liked. Henri Cole is good at mixing self-loathing with the worship of his oppressors and the desire for escape in a way that's both self-destructive and honest. I think I like it least when it seems most self-consciously poetic, which is to say the moments in the sonnet where you have to remember "oh, right, it's a sonnet", to really understand why he suddenly rhymes, or why the last two lines are so disconnected with the rest.

  • Jenni
    2019-03-24 04:33

    Elegant and edgy. One of the most honest voices in contemporary poetry.

  • James
    2019-03-02 06:24

    I like that Cole can use the word "scrotum" in multiple poems and it feels called-for and beautiful.

  • Mills College Library
    2019-03-15 05:34

    Coll.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-06 09:35

    Yes.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-12 09:27

    What hearty stuff. His "soul-animal prefers the choke-chain." yow. The gift is that these are strong and yet incredibly tender.