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Book Title: On the Ground|
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The author of the book: Fanny Howe
Edition: Graywolf Press
Date of issue: July 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781555974039
Format files: PDF
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A spiritually resonant and politically urgent new collection by the winner of the Lenore Marshall poetry prize
My father was a soldier
who was smaller than my son
when he returned as a ghost.
I begged him to stay with us
but he said: "Not until you come to life."
Fanny Howe's bold new collection responds to the contrast between American imperialist goals and the realities of life lived "on the ground." While our minds are preoccupied with the war games on television, we go on living among our ordinary joys and appetites. How can we live under these dissonant conditions and reconcile our existence with our longings?
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Fanny Howe is an American poet, novelist and short story writer.
She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father was a lawyer and her mother, Mary Manning, was born in Dublin and wrote plays and acted for the Abbey Theatre before moving to the United States. Her sister is the poet, Susan Howe and her daughter is the novelist, Danzy Senna
Howe is one of the most widely read of American experimental poets. Her books include: Selected Poems (2000) (shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize), Forged (1999), Q (1998), One Crossed Out (1997), O'Clock (1995), The End (1992), and On the Ground (2004) (also shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize). She has also published several volumes of prose, including Lives of the Spirit/Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken (2005) and The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life (2003), a collection of essays.
Of her work, fellow poet Michael Palmer comments:
Fanny Howe employs a sometimes fierce, always passionate, spareness in her lifelong parsing of the exchange between matter and spirit. Her work displays as well a political urgency, that is to say, a profound concern for social justice and for the soundness and fate of the polis, the "city on a hill". Writes Emerson, The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. Here's the luminous and incontrovertible proof.
She is currently Professor Emerita of Writing and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.
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