Although many of the poems in Henri Cole’s Middle Earth are single-stanza free-verse sonnets, some of the moments I found most technically interesting involved indented lines. Take, for example, the opening poem, “Self-Portrait In A Gold Kimono:”
Born, I was born.Tears represent how much my mother loves me,
shivering and steaming like a horse in rain.My heart as innocent as Buddha’s,
my name a Parisian bandleader’s.I am trying to stand.
Father is holding me and blowing in my ear,like a glassblower on a flame.