Blackbird and Wolf by Henri Cole
Poems

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I don't want words to sever me from reality.
I don't want to need them. I want nothing
to reveal feeling but feeling--as in freedom,
or the knowledge of peace in a realm beyond,
or the sound of water poured in a bowl.
--from "Gravity and Center" In his sixth collection of poetry, Henri Cole deepens his excavations of autobiography and memory. "I don't want words to sever me from reality," he asserts, and these poems--often hovering within the realm of the sonnet--combine a delight in the senses with the rueful, the elegiac, the harrowing. Many confront the human need for love, the highest function of our species. But whether writing about solitude or the desire for unsanctioned love, animals or flowers, the dissolution of his mother's body or war, Cole maintains a style that is neither confessional nor abstract. And in Blackbird and Wolf, he is always opposing disappointment and difficult truths with innocence and wonder.
 

About Henri Cole

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Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and was raised in Virginia. The recipient of many awards, he is the author of four previous books of poems, most recently The Look of Things (1995) and The Visible Man (1998). He is poet-in-residence at Smith College.
 
Published March 18, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In his sixth book, Cole wants to write "something highly controlled/ that is the opposite," and he succeeds.

Feb 26 2007 | Read Full Review of Blackbird and Wolf: Poems

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Originally posted Apr 20, 2007 Published in issue #931-932 Apr 27, 2007 Order article reprints

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