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Dark Pool Aug 6, 2008
Taking its title from the root meaning of Dublin, Ben Howard's fifth collection of poems probes the provenance of naming. Ranging in locale from eastern Iowa to County Clare, these poems endeavour to call the things of this world by their "rightful names." Whether the object of contemplation be a vanished Dublin bookshop, a bronze cast of Abraham LincolnÕs hands, the month of February, or a son's twenty-first birthday, Howard's poems seek wholeness amidst flux and fragmentation. Grounded in contemplative detachment, they cast a clarifying light on contemporary life.
About the Poet
Ben Howard is the author of the verse novella Midcentury (Salmon, 1997), The Pressed Melodeon: Essays on Modern Irish Writing (Story Line Press, 1996), and three previous collections of poems. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Milton Dorfman Prize, the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, he is a frequent contributor to American literary journals. He teaches literature, writing, and classical guitar at Alfred University in upstate New York.