The Lyrics: Poems

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Graywolf Press, Jun 26, 2007 - Poetry - 80 pages
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Who was that stranger beside me?
Please forgive me for insisting
It must have been a dream.
No one could survive such happiness.

--from "[Untitled]"

The Lyrics by Fanny Howe records the days of one seeking knowledge through movement and contingent images--a monastery, a motel, an Irish coastal river--all the while conscious of political and class warfare, of being American, of the need to know the difference (if there is one) between good and evil. Each poem is a lament formed in a place of rest, asking: Can we get beyond this and still be? The Lyrics is the newest work of an intense and vital poet.

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The speaker in Howe's latest poetry collection is on a pilgrim's journey. In each of the long, sequential poems in this volume, she guides us over the barren, rocky coastline (in this case, Northern ... Read full review

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FANNY HOWE is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including On the Ground, finalist for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize, and Selected Poems, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize. Howe lives in New England

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