Gaze

Howell, Christopher

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Synopsis: The counterpointed and imagistic work collected in Gaze reveals a poet uniquely concerned with the idea of vision: how the objective world (the world of time and memory), the world of the inner life, and the other world (the world of imagination and alternate life) may be seen, and how the experience of this seeing may alter itself and create meaning. Each of the book’s three sections examines one of these categories of seeing, moving between narrative and lyric modes, between the undisguised voice of the poet and the voices of a variety of characters, creatures, and ghosts.

Swinging between moments of delicate connection (touching a girl’s wrist) and striking brutality (a boy slamming a just-caught fish against a boat’s stern to kill it as he was taught”), Howell turns these modes of vision in on each other, and the result is a collection wholly unified and unlike anything come before.

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The word gaze works two sides of the street. The book, Gaze, works those two sides, their common surface, the underside of that surface, and the liminal space in between. There is almost no contemporary poetry I can think of capable of taking me where Howell’s poetry takes me: not on a journey of distance but of perspective. These poems contain the essence of poetry, rational thought subverted into an exquisite and unexpected new logic. In this collection, Howell refreshes the archetypes of home, family, country, and soul, imbuing them with twenty-first century pleasures, dangers, and complexities. Orphic, Miltonic, Rilkean, Howell is the poet I turn to when poetry eludes me, when I cannot remember my dreams, when I fail to love our human frailties.”
Kathy Fagan, author of Lip and Moving & St Rage

In his extraordinary new book, Christopher Howell uses, among others, the motif of the traveler to investigate the imaginative terrain where the afterlife, the other life, and the inner life find a singular life. What a range of emotions, and what a rightness of tone he can work into a poem. There is an honest ease in his voice and a clarity in his gaze that allows him to range through human time, from the freshness of childhood to the thrills and fears of adolescence to the recognitions of age and loss, playful, melancholic, elegiac and stoic by turns. He blends the ordinary and the fabulous the way a great guitar player bends and stretches a note without missing a beat.”
Greg Pape, author of American Flamingo and Sunflower Facing the Sun
PRAISE FOR CHRISTOPHER HOWELL

Christopher Howell’s books are at eye-level on my nearest shelf, so I can reach them when poems are wanted to bring the soul to in its own silvery light where it often wakes weeping and trembling.”
Michael Heffernan, author of The Night Breeze Off The Ocean

An exceptional voice and talent, one that enriches all of us writing and reading poetry in these times.”
Christopher Buckley, author ofWhite Shirt and Rolling the Bones
Christopher Howell is the author of nine collections of poems, most recently Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (2010). Howell teaches at Eastern Washington University and lives in Spokane.

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Title: Gaze
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: 2012
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