September 1, 2020

Henri Cole

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.


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.

About Author(s)

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956. He has published over half a dozen previous collections of poetry, including Touch and Pierce the Skin; a memoir, Orphic Paris; and has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and the Award of Merit Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College.

Hannah Aizenman is the poetry coordinator at The New Yorker and holds an MFA from New York University. Originally from Birmingham, AL, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.