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Gone (New California Poetry #7)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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 Po ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 30th 2003 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mar 07, 2009 Kent rated it it was amazing
I will always be interested in a book that approaches theology with both humility and curiosity. Howe admits that it is a search--in the first section of the book she looks for some alternative "she" that will mean she has discovered something. But then it's her walking through the fourteen stations of the cross, as a speaker who is experiencing each moment as it happens, that makes me interested in participating in her religion.
Gabriel Oak
Jun 09, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it really liked it
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Beautiful. These are spare poems with plenty of linguistic play, somewhat in the same vein as Rae Armantrout. But Howe's themes are faith and doubt, love and despair, rather than the pervasive influence of media and consumption, as in Armantrout. Worth reading and re-reading.
Nov 03, 2007 Lightsey rated it really liked it
The puzzle with Howe is twofold, maybe: context and sequence. Because even the long poem here, "The Passion," doesn't necessarily have a moving forward character, although it appears to be a poem of grief (context missing) and generally poems of grief arrive at a somewhat comforted state eventually. But, you know, I think it's a real victory to write a sustained poem about grief that develops, that goes places, but that doesn't sink into artificial consolation. Loose ends please.
Feb 11, 2008 C rated it liked it
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He is felt as a feeling she feels him
She doesn't know why he to him being
Battle-catching mother
Whom she caught at the circulation
Still remembers
In her rose-lipped perceptor

(Love-thorn or birthing)

There is something between them

It climbs colorlike
The shades of pain
Describing their skins
Like a map's edge of ocean
It laps from her to him

They do feel that third person!

- from "Shadows"
Matt Ely
Feb 03, 2016 Matt Ely rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, poetry
Does best what poetry does uniquely: shock you into a universe where words take you beyond themselves into a feeling for which words do no justice. You are left wanting more because it gives you just enough to be afraid or doubt or wonder, but leaves you there in that "almost."
Feb 17, 2008 Janie rated it really liked it
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from Wikipedia:

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[1]

Howe is one of the most widely read of Ame
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