Ken Tucker
April 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Blackbird and Wolf

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Henri Cole
publisher
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre
Fiction, Poetry

We gave it a B+

Henri Cole’s Blackbird and Wolf features nature poetry without the warm fuzzies; autobiography with astringent straightforwardness.

Sample Verse
”I have a fever which I’m treating with gin/A war is lingering, but I feel distanced from it/I think I’m at the lowest level of actual control…”

Bottom Line
Cole’s insistence on crisp descriptions, concise imagery, and a serenity about human frailty allows him to explore the messiest emotions.

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