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Middle Earth: Poems by Henri Cole
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Middle Earth: Poems (edition 2004)

by Henri Cole

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Title:Middle Earth: Poems
Authors:Henri Cole
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 80 pages
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Henri Cole has collected here a set of poems that I am alternately dawn to describe as either very subtle or very timid. In the background lurks reference to flesh and sex that never quite materializes in the poetry. It’s the opposite of what I would call visceral. Not quite sure what to do with these or what he intended; despite the occasional flash of an enduring image, the collection as a whole always falls short of that (in the words of the immortal Donald Trump) pussy-grabbing moment. That said, I was intrigued enough to read more.
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  Bostonseanachie | Dec 14, 2016 |
even though this is free verse, Cole has created his own form within the freedom that show true virtuosity. This is a great read. ( )
  phillynyc | Nov 19, 2007 |
Borrowed not great okay
  trott | Sep 14, 2006 |
Gone
  julylo7 | Feb 10, 2006 |
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Time was plunging forward,
like dolphins scissoring open water or like me,
following Jenny's flippers down to see the coral reef,
where the color of sand, sea and sky merged,
and it was as if that was all God wanted:
not a wife, a house or a position,
but a self, like a needle, pushing in a vein.
-from "Olympia"

In his fifth collection of verse, Henri Cole's melodious lines are written in an open style that is both erotic and visionary. Few poets so thrillingly portray the physical world, or man's creaturely self, or the cycling strain of desire and self-reproach. Few poets so movingly evoke the human quest of "a man alone," trying --to say something true that has body, because it is proof of his existence.. . Middle Earth is a revelatory collection, the finest work yet from an author of poems that are . . .marvels-unbuttoned, riveting, dramatic-burned into being-- (Tina Barr, Boston Review).

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:44 -0400)

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Collects poems exploring human emotions and existence.

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