Gone by Fanny Howe
Poems (New California Poetry)

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This collection of new poems by one of the most respected poets in the United States uses motifs of advance and recovery, doubt and conviction—in an emotional relation to the known world. Heralded as "one of our most vital, unclassifiable writers" by the Voice Literary Supplement, Fanny Howe has published more than twenty books and is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Poetry from the Commonwealth Club of California. In addition, her Selected Poems received the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the Most Outstanding Book of Poetry Published in 2000 from the Academy of American Poets.

The poems in Gone describe the transit of a psyche, driven by uncertainty and by love, through various stations and experiences. This volume of short poems and one lyrical essay, all written in the last five years, is broken into five parts; and the longest of these, "The Passion," consecrates the contradictions between these two emotions. The New York Times Book Review said, "Howe has made a long-term project of trying to determine how we fit into God's world, and her aim is both true and marvelously free of sentimental piety." With Gone, readers will have the opportunity to experience firsthand Howe’s continuation of that elusive and fascinating endeavor.

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Fanny Howe is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. Among her books of poems are "Gone: Poems "(California, 2003), "Selected Poems "(California, 2000), "Forged "(1999), "Q "(1998), "One Crossed Out "(1997), "O'Clock "(1995), and "The End "(1992). She is the winner of the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for Poetry and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. "Selected Poems "was also one of the "Village Voice"'s Best Books of the Year and was nominated for the Griffin Trust Prize.
Published April 14, 2003 by University of California Press. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A short essay-like prose piece on Simone Weil's writings confronts conversion on linguistic ground, as Howe, who in another poem writes "I hate therefore/ the word 'prayer'/ since every word is one," questions the bait-and-switch of language as attached to the possibility of salvation: "You have...

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Custer became an American legend, although not the way he would have wanted, but the sad end of Sitting Bull is the story’s real tragedy.

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Arts Sarasota

No one had ever before tried a semi-improvisational movement interpretation of a 3-D chalk painting, in this case the circus-themed work of renowned street artist Kurt Wenner.

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