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Henri was an autobiographical – though not Confessional – poet. He described himself as a ‘notebook poet’ who constantly jotted down ideas and impressions, exhibitions visited, places discovered. This raw material, once turned into poems, takes on a more universal value, a personal relevance for each and every reader. Like his paintings, his poems were Pop and popular, accessible, irreverent, often surreal, and subtly erudite while being anchored in contemporary urban culture.
Catherine Marcangeli, introduction to Adrian Henri Selected and Unpublished Poems (LUP 2007)



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