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Henri Cole

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956 and raised in Virginia. Nothing to Declare (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) is the most recent of his nine collections of poetry in English. His prizes and honours include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University.

Extraordinary Geraniums by Henri Cole

/ Eating a sugar sandwich, I sit at the kitchen table / / admiring the geraniums outside the window, / / their big heads as American as Martha Washington. / / I grew them from seeds, and now the leaves are frilly like genitalia. / / After so many sunrises together, they almost have faces, ...

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Sphere by Henri Cole

/ / / / For Harold Bloom / / / / 'Sir, I don't have no black tea,' the waitress replied, / / so I ordered Black Label instead. It was summer and the fragrant / / white flowers of the black locusts had awakened, like faeries or obscure matter. / / A black bear clothed in thorns made a ...

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