Coulette's first volume of poetry, The War of the Secret Agents and Other Poems, won the Lamont Poetry Award and received significant critical attention. Coulette was described as "a poet to watch" by Dudley Fitts in the New York Times Book Review. Discussing the title poem in Coulette's collection The War of the Secret Agents and Other Poems, Fitts claimed to be "frustrated throughout [this poem] by opacities of allusion and reference." However, he also praised it: "Isolated passages show power. The poem is skillfully written." And Mother Mary Anthony wrote in Western Humanities Review that The War of the Secret Agents and Other Poems is "work of a high order—disciplined originality and strong patterning, layered irony and powerful understatement."
Coulette also edited Midland: Twenty-five Years of Fiction and Poetry From Writing Workshops of the State University of Iowa; The Unstrung Lyre: Interviews With Fourteen Poets; and Character and Crisis: A Contemporary Reader.
- (Contributor) New Poets of England and America, Meridian, 1957.
- (Contributor) Poetry for Pleasure, Doubleday, 1960.
- (Editor, with P. Engle, and contributor) Midland: Twenty-five Years of Fiction and Poetry from Writing Workshops of the State University of Iowa, Random House, 1961.
- (Contributor) Poet's Choice, Dial, 1962.
- (Editor) The Unstrung Lyre: Interviews with Fourteen Poets, National Endowment for the Arts, 1965.
- The War of the Secret Agents and Other Poems, Scribner, 1966.
- (Editor with Philip Levine) Character and Crisis: A Contemporary Reader , McGraw, 1966.
- The Family Goldschmitt (poems), Scribner, 1971.
- The Collected Poems of Henri Coulette, University of Arkansas Press (Fayetteville, AR), 1990.
- New York Review of Books, April 14, 1966;
- New York Times Book Review, April 17, 1966;
- Poetry, November, 1966;
- Books Abroad, autumn, 1967;
- Western Humanities Review, winter, 1967.
- Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1988.
Poems By HENRI COULETTE
LIFE SPAN 1927–1988