Touch Poems

ISBN-10: 0374533474

ISBN-13: 9780374533472

Edition: 2012

Authors: Henri Cole

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Henri Cole’s last three books have shown a continuously mounting talent. In his new book,Touch, written with an almost invisible but ever-present art, he continues to render his human topics—a mother’s death, a lover’s addiction, war—with a startling clarity. Cole’s new poems are impelled by a dark knowledge of the body—both its pleasures and its discontents—and they are written with an aesthetic asceticism in the service of truth. Alternating between innocence and violent self-condemnation, between the erotic and the elegiac, and between thought and emotion, these poems represent a kind of mid-life selving that chooses life. With his simultaneous impulses to privacy and to connection, Cole neutralizes pain with understatement, masterful cadences, precise descriptions of the external world, and a formal dexterity rarely found in contemporary American poetry. Touchis a Publishers Weekly Best Poetry Books title for 2011. 
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.75" wide x 4.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Henri Colewas born in Fukuoka, Japan, and was raised in Virginia. The recipient of many awards, he is the author, most recently, ofPierce the Skin(FSG, 2010);Blackbird and Wolf(FSG, 2007);Middle Earth(FSG, 2003), a Pulitzer Prize finalist; andThe Visible Man(FSG, 1998).

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