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Once upon a midnight dreary but maybe not so weak or weary / Come discuss your favorite stanzas thanks to WORD Bookstores / Sonnets, free verse, even ballads shall be sampled, savored, praised, and challenged / Whatever your taste, join us if poetry you do adore.

WORD's Poetry Book Club covers all books of verse, from classics to new releases (with an emphasis on more recent collections). No prior practice reading poetry? No problem! This group is for anyone with an interest to meet, discuss, and shape our tastes together.



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 the 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.




Ben Kulakofsky's love of the written word unsurprisingly began with Poe, but his tastes have evolved over the last 16 years. When he's not reading the latest chapbook, he can be found camping and hiking with friends. He has worked for several years as a copywriter and published a handful of pieces of his own writing.


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