The Farrar, Straus and Giroux Poetry Blog

April 13, 2007

"Whiskey Blind And Swaggering Home At Five"

Here's one last poem by Henri Cole (unless you go to his event Tuesday), again with the kind of intro that makes you want to corner him at cocktail parties and ask him all about your favorite poets. Here he is reading and introducing Robert Lowell's 'To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage,' and I think you'll find all he mentions in the introduction well worth an extra Google. A short list: Delmore Schwartz; Schopenhauer; 'the absence of pain'; formal metrics; and Cole describing the narrator of Lowell's poem--"a monologue by the wife of a lecherous, hopped-up drunk."

Appropriate for listening to over the weekend, I think:


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