https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/2020-05/susan-barbra-and-fanny-howe/ Online event
279 Harvard St
Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming
Geode, Susan Barba’s new collection of poems, resembles the spheroid stone of its name; when cracked open, a glittering and fascinating crystalline structure is revealed but the stony sphere she offers us, and the beauty within, is nothing less than the earth. With anguish and praise, in the spirit of both the ode and the elegy, Barba considers our time within the larger scale of deep-time. The species decreasing in number and disappeared and the possibility of human extinction haunt this book, while new generations and the possibility of renunciation of our old ways animate it. Here is the world, Barba reminds us, like a ball, in our hands.
Set in transit even as they investigate the transitory, the cinematic poems in Fanny Howe’s Love and I move like a handheld camera through the eternal, the minds of passengers, and the landscapes of Ireland and America. From this slight remove, Howe explores the edge of “pure seeing” and the worldly griefs she encounters there, cast in an otherworldly light.
Susan Barba’s first book Fair Sun was awarded the Anahit Literary Prize and the Minas & Kohar Tölöyan Prize. She earned her PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University and is Senior Editor at New York Review Books.
Fanny Howe is the author of The Needle’s Eye, Come and See, and The Winter Sun. Her most recent poetry collection, Second Childhood, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her fiction has been a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. She lives in New England.
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