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Henri Cole’s “Self-Portrait with Rifle”

July 2, 2013 | by

Abraham Hondius, The Deer Hunt, ca. 1650–95.

Abraham Hondius, The Deer Hunt (detail), ca. 1650–95.

Henri Cole contributed two poems to our Summer issue, “Self-Portrait with Rifle” and “Free Dirt.” They pair well; both wrestle with the baseness humanity is capable of, and particularly with the surprise we feel when we find such baseness in ourselves. “Self-Portrait with Rifle” illustrates this shock with a jarring scene: a man holding a gun, indignant at his victims—innocent deer—for yielding their lives to his misplaced violence.




  1. Byron | July 3, 2013 at 1:29 am

    the reader’s voice is a bit on the tentative side for me, wish she would commit herself to the material

  2. Mike | January 6, 2015 at 11:50 am

    really? I find her reading voice enchanting!

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