From Library Journal
A prolific writer of fiction and poetry for 25 years, Howe has never snubbed the real world of damaged and alienated human lives in favor of pure aesthetics, yet her inventive, consistently surprising poems challenge the familiar conventions of lyric and narrative through an idiosyncratic and hard-won understanding of how language inhabits things ("After a storm there's a powerless period, when the word/ POWER keeps repeating, and when will the clock go on/ in the kitchen and the trees finish falling in the mind?"). Many of the poems here seem spoken from the psyche itself, as imagined through the persona of a homeless woman named May?a woman "crossed out"?who reveals how society's madness finds refuge in the rules and procedures of its own institutions and who catches truth in contradiction ("Tell me about it, people say to indicate that they know the story already"). Howe's rich talent is deserving of the favorable attention this book should attract.?Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.
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"Fanny Howe is a sly, wicked poet, always shifting between the social, the political, as well as the linguistic and literary concerns of an artist always writing from the cutting edge. One Crossed Out is a thrilling book of poetry by a poet in total control of her craft and voice."--Quincy Troupe
"There is a dizzying wildness in Fanny Howe's work that draws the reader headlong across her page. In the unstoppable rush of that language she unites the dispersed elements of our tumbling humanness. O Guerilla poet! She has loosed the physical bonds of our daily bread. There is no telling where she takes us after we've arrived."--Maureen Owen