The Visible Man

Overview

"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 ...

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

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"The invention of a self so harrowing in character will remind readers of the confessions in Robert Lowell's Life Studies . . . Most other books would be reduced to ashes by the comparison." —William Logan, The Washington Post Book World

* "In his fourth collection, Henri Cole has submitted to the unsparing self-examination and self-generated demand for change that mark the true artist . . . The voice that breaks the poems open frees itself in a crucible of confession and absolution, through poems that incorporate history, art, religion, family, and sexuality."—Tina Barr, The Boston Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374284480
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/5/2005
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and was raised in Virginia. The recipient of many awards, including the Kingsley Tufts Award for his most recent book, Middle Earth, he is the author of four other books of poems.

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Table of Contents

I
Arte Povera 3
Self-Portrait As Four Styles of Pompeian Wall Painting 4
White Spine 6
Folly 7
Charity 9
The Black Jacket 10
The Scholars 12
Etna 15
To a Prince 17
Giallo Antico 18
The Color of Feeling and the Feeling of Color 20
The Blue Grotto 22
Painted Eyes 24
Adam Dying 26
26 Hands 27
II
Childlessness 33
Chiffon Morning 34
The Coastguard Station 37
Anagram 39
Horses 41
Colloquy 42
The White Marriages 44
The Long View 45
Mesmerism 46
The Suicide Hours 47
Jealousy 48
Black Mane 49
Peonies 51
Bearded Irises 52
Apollo 54
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