The Farrar, Straus and Giroux Poetry Blog

April 13, 2007

"Made Her Look Exactly Like A Chickadee"

I don't mean to overstate things, but Henri Cole really revolutionized the way I looked at the words of Elizabeth Bishop with this reading and introduction to her poem, 'The Shampoo.'

Cole says in his introduction, "It's surface subject are the bright streaks of gray in Lotta's hair, but it's real subject is about time, is thinking about making a truce with the passage of time, and what we get is a kind of timeless act of one woman washing another woman's hair..."

Also, if you are enjoying these recordings of Henri Cole, it will certainly be worth your while to go see him read next Tuesday at Housing Works in Soho, 7 PM start. He'll be appearing with the poet Carl Dennis, who also has a new collection out.

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