presenting Blizzard: Poems
in conversation with HANNAH AIZENMAN
Harvard Book Store’s virtual event series welcomes acclaimed poet HENRI COLE—author of the award-winning poetry collections Touch and Nothing to Declare—for a discussion of his latest collection, Blizzard. He will be joined in conversation by HANNAH AIZENMAN, poetry coordinator at The New Yorker.
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Daring, tender, truthful, the poems in Blizzard, Henri Cole’s tenth book, build on a reputation for quiet mastery. Whether he is wrestling with the mundane, history and its disasters, or sexual love, he can sound both classical and contemporary, with the modern austerity of Cavafy and Bishop. Often exploring the darker places of the heart, his sonnets do not lie down obediently, but spark with an honest self-awareness.
Cole’s lucid, empathetic poems―with lyrical beauty and ethical depth―seem to transmute the anxious perplexities of our time.
Praise for Blizzard
“An artist of the greatest gifts.” —Louise Glück
“Over the last 15 years . . . Cole has invented and mastered his own version of the sonnet, a compact lyric utterance that drills down on a single experience, moment, or startled vision, and surprises with every line . . . it’s true poetry, the thing we mean by that word.” —Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR
“[A] radiant 10th collection . . . Cole’s political commentary is restrained and skillfully orchestrated . . . Readers of this collection will find that Cole’s joie de vivre is a balm for the soul.” —Publishers Weekly