The Visible Man

The Visible Man

by Henri Cole

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The Visible Man by Henri Cole

"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374284480
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/05/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,133,395
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

I
Arte Povera3
Self-Portrait As Four Styles of Pompeian Wall Painting4
White Spine6
Folly7
Charity9
The Black Jacket10
The Scholars12
Etna15
To a Prince17
Giallo Antico18
The Color of Feeling and the Feeling of Color20
The Blue Grotto22
Painted Eyes24
Adam Dying26
26 Hands27
II
Childlessness33
Chiffon Morning34
The Coastguard Station37
Anagram39
Horses41
Colloquy42
The White Marriages44
The Long View45
Mesmerism46
The Suicide Hours47
Jealousy48
Black Mane49
Peonies51
Bearded Irises52
Apollo54

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