Winter Sun Notes on a Vocation

ISBN-10: 1555975208
ISBN-13: 9781555975203
Edition: 2009
Authors: Fanny Howe
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Beautiful essays by Fanny Howe, a poet praised for her "private quest through the metaphysical universe . . . the results are startling and honest" (The New York Times Book Review) Fanny Howe's richly contemplativeThe Winter Sunis a collection of essays on childhood, language, and meaning by one of America's most original contemporary poets. Through a collage of reflections on people, places, and times that have been part of her life, Howe shows the origins and requirements of "a vocation that has no name." She finds proof of this in the lives of othersJacques Lusseyran, who, though blind, wrote about his inner vision, surviving inside a concentration camp during World War II; the Scottish nun Sara Grant and Abbe Dubois, both of whom lived extensively in India where their vocation led them; the English novelists Antonia White and Emily Bronte; and the fifth-century philosopher and poet Bharthari. With interludes referring to her own place and situation, Howe makes this book into a Progress rather than a memoir. The Winter Sundisplays the same power as found in her highly praised collection of essays,The Wedding Dress, a book described by James Carroll as an "unflinching but exhilarating look at real religion, the American desolation, a woman's life, and, always, the redemption of literature."

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.

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