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The Winter Sun Notes on a Vocation Beautiful essays by Fanny Howe a poet praised for her private quest through the metaphysical universe the results are startling and honest The New York Times Book Review Fanny Howe s richly contempla

  • Title: The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation
  • Author: Fanny Howe
  • ISBN: 9781555975203
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation By Fanny Howe, Beautiful essays by Fanny Howe, a poet praised for her private quest through the metaphysical universe the results are startling and honest The New York Times Book Review Fanny Howe s richly contemplative The Winter Sun is a collection of essays on childhood, language, and meaning by one of America s most original contemporary poets Through a collaBeautiful essays by Fanny Howe, a poet praised for her private quest through the metaphysical universe the results are startling and honest The New York Times Book Review Fanny Howe s richly contemplative The Winter Sun is a collection of essays on childhood, language, and meaning by one of America s most original contemporary poets Through a collage of reflections on people, places, and times that have been part of her life, Howe shows the origins and requirements of a vocation that has no name She finds proof of this in the lives of others Jacques Lusseyran, who, though blind, wrote about his inner vision, surviving inside a concentration camp during World War II the Scottish nun Sara Grant and Abb Dubois, both of whom lived extensively in India where their vocation led them the English novelists Antonia White and Emily Bront and the fifth century philosopher and poet Bharthari With interludes referring to her own place and situation, Howe makes this book into a Progress rather than a memoir The Winter Sun displays the same power as found in her highly praised collection of essays, The Wedding Dress, a book described by James Carroll as an unflinching but exhilarating look at real religion, the American desolation, a woman s life, and, always, the redemption of literature.

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    1. Today a woman in New Orleans thanked Jesus when she was handed a drink of water We saw her on television.Why did the woman thank Jesus instead of the man who brought it to her I mean, if she thinks Jesus brought the glass of water, who brought the flood that made her thirsty Tell me, why did the woman thank Jesus What if you were to tell her that not only did Jesus die two thousand years ago, but he did not come back and does not exist in any possible sense today.What if you were to tell her tha [...]

    2. i ve long waited for this new book by fanny howe, ever since i came across a portion of one of her lyric essays published several years ago in some hoity toity journal of scholarship, i think it was many reviewers are right the linkages between this book, the wedding dress, and the earlier lives of the spirit glasstown where something got broken are readily apparent if you, as a reader, are willing to proceed by the poetics of bewilderment that howe herself uses in all her works the winter sun b [...]

    3. The Winter Sun is essay fragments about Howe s childhood, family, her spirituality, her vocation as a writer There are parts of this book that I found immediately compelling than others, but what made me really love this book was how in reading it, I felt like I needed to pay attention to the things I wouldn t naturally be drawn to, in particular the fragments on Howe s religious metaphysical explorations I, as the reader, felt like I should listen to Howe because I trusted her as the writer t [...]

    4. To my surprise, I felt in sync with Fannie Howe She made mistakes in love or the chase She loves her children She is still trying to make sense of her own early family life It seems she has lately become a Catholic But the Buddhist kind She didn t doesn t like school, yet she is an intellectual in spite of herself Part of this is me too, and some I would never be She seems honest, and I like her meandering style, which she accomplishes without wasting a word.

    5. First, I m not a fan of books of fragments The subtitle Notes on a vocation is quite apt these are notes Here is a good one, about her writing students I do not expect them to tell except obliquely.Because I don t tell Dangerous memories are those that seem best left alone contrary to what we are rged so often to do If you speak of them they are deformed into words and become a potential conversation among strangers They are not it They are never it They are not to be revisited No matter how elo [...]

    6. Since I was her student in the late 90 s, it s fascinating and clears up a few things to read her perspectives on her students in the late 90 s Not that this book is all about me or anything It s like Sebald writing To The Lighthouse after a massive religious conversion or crisis There s no other writer who can make religious questions seem so familiar to me they aren t , and I think that s because for Fanny, conviction is its own crisis It s unsurprising that there are few writers like her now [...]

    7. I m a fan of Fanny Howe, poet, seeker This reads like a memoir, not of i facts but of her inner life She has found in others wisdom to share She conducts a conversation of sorts Without two people, there could not be one word And, There is only one nonreciprocal relationship God created the universe and entered into all beings for the sake of Self realization Sankara Through relationship we bring forth this Self realization Fear holds us back from evolving to full solidarity Everyone has to be s [...]

    8. A moving, carefully written document of pilgrim spirituality, activism, monastic devotion to art, and resistance Howe is a mystic, activist, feminist, and an artist she s also resolutely sober minded The book accretes rather than charging forward, and turns often back on itself, re interpolating or reflecting on prior insights the practices of religious devotion, poetry, parenting, activism, and philosophy all fold into one another in a given essay Read the whole thing.

    9. Just a small way in and I am in love with her use of language She segues out of memories into spiritual musings seamlessly I ll see where it takes me.

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