Second Childhood

Second Childhood

Fanny Howe


nationwide ebook Award Finalist 2014

The new poetry assortment by way of Fanny Howe, whose “body of labor turns out greater, stranger, and extra everlasting with every one new booklet she publishes” (Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize citation)

People are looking to be poets for purposes that experience little to do with language.
It’s the lifetime of the poet that they want.
Even the glow of loneliness and humiliation.
To stroll within the gutter with a bottle of wine.

Some people’s lives are extra poetic than a poem,
and Francis is definitely considered one of these.

I understand, simply because he walked beside me for that brief time
whether you suspect it or not.

—from “Outremer”

Fanny Howe’s poetry is understood for its lyricism, fragmentation, experimentation, spiritual engagement, and dedication to social justice. In moment early life, the looking at poet is an impersonal determine who accompanies Howe in her encounters with likelihood and secret. She isn't really one age or the opposite, in a single time or one other. She writes, “The first query within the Catechism is: / What was once humanity born for? / To be at liberty is the proper answer.”

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