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Fanny Howe - Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0520222636
ISBN-13: 9780520222632
Edition: 2000
Authors: Fanny Howe
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Description: One of the best and most respected experimental poets in the United States, Fanny Howe has published more than twenty books, mostly with small presses, and this publication of her selected poems is a major event. Howe's theme is the exile of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

One of the best and most respected experimental poets in the United States, Fanny Howe has published more than twenty books, mostly with small presses, and this publication of her selected poems is a major event. Howe's theme is the exile of the spirit in this world and the painfully exciting, tiny margin in which movement out of exile is imaginable and perhaps possible. Her best poems are simultaneously investigations of that possibility and protests against the difficulty of salvation. Boston is the setting of some of the early poems, and Ireland, the birthplace of Howe's mother, is the home ofO'Clock, a spiritually piquant series of short poems included inSelected Poems. The metaphysics and the physics of this world play off each other in these poems, and there is a toughness to Howe's unique, fertile nervousness of spirit. Her spare style makes a nest for the soul: Zero built a nest in my navel. Incurable Longing. Blood too-- From violent actions It's a nest belonging to one But zero uses it And its pleasure is its own --fromThe Quietist

Fanny Howe is the author of several works of fiction (most recently, Economics from Flood Editions) and collections of poems, including One Crossed Out and Gone. She is the winner of the 2000 Lenore Marshall Award for her Selected Poems. Her first collection of essays, The Wedding Dress, was published by UC Press in the Fall of 2003. She lives in Massachusetts but remains Professor Emeritus at UCSD in the Department of Literature.

Introduction to the World
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The Nursery
Robeson Street
Joy Had I Known
Veteran
Close Up
Conclusively
Goodbye, Post Office Square
Lines out to Silence
Poem from a Single Pa1let
The Vineyard
In the Spirit There Are No Accidents
The Sea-Garden
The Quietist
O'Clock
Index of First Lines

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