Look Of Things: Poems

Look Of Things: Poems

by Henri Cole, Harry Ford
     
 
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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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."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Cole's poetry is elegant, urbane, highly polished, and delicately homoerotic. As the book's title suggests, he is fascinated by surfaces, and his considerable descriptive powers wonderfully capture the luxurious atmosphere of southern France and well-appointed New York City apartments. But his interest lies also in the more complex surfaces of human behavior and appearance, where an impeccable gesture or a well-formed body are inadequate disguises for the mortality lurking beneath. Cole's (The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge, LJ 12/1/89) technical proficiency gives his poems a limpid, almost mesmerizing cadence, and his sophisticated wit drives the reader's interest from line to line: a memory "clings like lint/on a black velvet sofa" and Manhattan's buildings are "black and white like sonnets." Yet the seamlessness of these poems too often seems precious or mannered, discouraging rather than inviting engagement. Recommended only for comprehensive collections of contemporary poetry.-Christine Stenstrom, Brooklyn P.L., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679765936
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/08/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
71
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet 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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