In this brilliant work that transcends genre–lyric essay, prose poem, philosophical fiction–Fanny Howe pursues her realization that keen metaphysical inquiry is radically essential to everyday life. Howe adds the stunning new coda Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken to her earlier work The Lives of a Spirit.
The quotidian brushes up against the infinite in her ongoing effort to answer ancient questions: “Little word, who said me? Am I owned or free?” “With extraordinary self-scrutiny and complexity–and unmatchable musical poise and beauty–Fanny Howe examines our relationship with ‘other’ worlds, purgatories of various kinds: genetic, historical, theological.
Fanny Howe grew up in Boston. She raised her three children in New England and traveled between there and California for many years, teaching both poetry and fiction. She has …