Selected Poems by Fanny Howe
(New California Poetry)

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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 of O'Clock, a spiritually piquant series of short poems included in Selected 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

—from The Quietist

About Fanny Howe

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Fanny Howe is Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and poetry (most recently, One Crossed Out, 1997).
Published March 2, 2000 by University of California Press. 213 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Made God,/ Wake me with your words./ Believe in what I said."" A feminist thinking-through drives poems like ""Conclusively"" (""I was eliminated as a locus of mothering"") and ""The Vineyard,"" which contemplates indentured servitude, ""a workplace torn by a union"" and how ""Love's body and mou...

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