The Visible ManBook - 1998
Praised by Harold Bloom and many other critics and poets for his earlier collections, Henri Cole has grown steadily in poetic stature and importance. "To write what is human, not escapist," is his endeavor. Now 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. On being awarded the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Henri Cole received the following citation: "In a poetry nervously alive to the maladies of the contemporary, yet suffused by a rare apprehension of the delights of the senses, Henri Cole has relished the world while being unafraid to satirize it. In poems that are both decorative and plain-spoken he permits his readers to share a keen and unsentimental view of the oddities, horrors, and solaces surrounding them at the end of the twentieth century."
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
Call Number: 811.54 C674v
Characteristics: viii, 67 p. ; 24 cm