Touch by 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. Touch is a Publishers Weekly Best Poetry Books title for 2011.  
 

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, most recently, of Pierce the Skin (FSG, 2010); Blackbird and Wolf (FSG, 2007); Middle Earth (FSG, 2003), a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and The Visible Man (FSG, 1998).
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both Grace and Cole tell themselves—and each other—that it’s all about the sex, but it doesn’t take Cole long to figure out Grace’s diamond-hard exterior is simply a protective shell for a fragile emotional history, and he finds himself intrigued by and protective of the sensitive woman behind th...

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Publishers Weekly

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The plan was to hide out for a bit with her great-aunt, who rents out rooms, before making her way to Vancouver, but living across the hall from sexy cowboy Cole Rawlins complicates everything.

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

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Written mostly in the pseudo-sonnets he’s developed in his recent books, these poems take long, at times excruciating looks at memories that Cole’s speakers must force themselves to learn from, as in “Dead Mother,” in which “five or six tears—profound,/ unflinching, humane—ran out o...

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

BC Books

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Collectors’ Choice has compiled another interesting twofer, arranging a collection of songs that not only highlights Nat King Cole’s impeccable baritone but also the work of Ralph Carmichael.

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Fiction Vixen

Grace is a makeup artist who has worked in the movie industry.

Oct 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

Chron.com

Separated into three different sections, the poems are arranged around a mother’s death, a confrontation with mortality and, finally, a turbulent relationship with a drug-addicted lover.

Sep 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

Love Vampires

So whilst this is not a traditional type of vampire I don’t think vampire novel lovers will be disappointed because there are enough similarities to traditional vampires to give the Thrall a vampire feel rather than a sci-fi feel.

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Love Vampires

For the first time ever collected into a single edition, A Touch of Dead contains all of the Sookie Stackhouse short stories that have been published in other books and anthologies over the years.

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Love Vampires

When he finds her and sends his vampire thugs to kill her she is forced to turn to the Vampire senate for protection.

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Nocturne Romance Reads

I loved watching Cole convince Grace that the sex was more than just sex, then turn on her and try to convince her to just give him some more sex for sex sake.

Sep 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

The New Yorker

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Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

Arts Fuse

Each section is 14 poems long, and the number resonates with Cole’s choice of form for most of the poems in Touch: 43 of its 52 poems are sonnets;

Dec 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

Lambda Literary

We want/whoever to call or not call, a letter, a kiss – we want more and more and then more of it.” I’ve been reading the poems of Henri Cole for a long time and love the way they have enlarged and grown more intimate from book to book.

Dec 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Touch: Poems

The Evening Sun

For The Associated Press Nelson DeMille brings back federal agent John Corey to tackle a high-ranking al-Qaida terrorist in his latest thriller, "The Panther."

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