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New Poems

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Members fee ($0) and Non-members fee ($15).

Henri Cole

New Poems

The Boston Athenæum’s collections include a wealth of literature, including poetry ranging from 16th-century sonnets to contemporary works. One of the Athenæum’s many discussion groups is dedicated to the study of poetry. Learn more about the member-driven discussion groups by visiting our Discussion Group webpage.

Henri Cole’s bold new collection Nothing to Declare contains poems of feral beauty and intense vulnerability. Each poem starts up from its own unique occasion and is then conducted through surprising (sometimes unnerving) and self-steadying domains. The result is a daring, delicate, unguarded, and tender collection. They combine a susceptibility to sensuousness with an awareness of desolation. Cole transforms the pain of experience into the pleasure of expressive language, with precise reliability of detail, a supple wealth of sound, and a speculative truthfulness. Nothing to Declare is a rare work that is light in touch but with just enough weight to mark the soul.

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956. He has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lenore Marshall Award. His most recent collection, Nothing to Declare, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux last spring. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.

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