Orphic Paris
Orphic Paris
Henri Cole



A poetic portrait of Paris that combines prose poetry, diary, and memoir by award-winning writer and poet Henri Cole.

Henri Cole's Orphic Paris combines autobiography, diary, essay, and prose poetry with photographs to create a new form of elegiac memoir. With Paris as a backdrop, Cole, an award-winning American poet, explores with fresh and penetrating insight the nature of friendship and family, poetry and solitude, the self and freedom.

Cole writes of Paris, "For a time, I lived here, where the call of life is so strong. My soul was colored by it. Instead of worshiping a creator or man, I cared fully for myself, and felt not guilt and confessed nothing, and in this place, I wrote, I was nourished, and I grew." Written under the tutelary spirit of Orpheus—mystic, oracular, entrancing—Orphic Paris is an intimate Paris journal and a literary commonplace book that is a touching, original, brilliant account of the city.

Title Orphic Paris
Author Henri Cole
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 10 April 2018
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 176 p.
ISBN-10 1681372185
ISBN-13 9781681372181
Publication Date 10 April 2018
Main content page count 176
Weight 16 oz.