28 January 2020
Afterword by Chris Kraus
Night Philosophy is collected around the figure of the child, the figure of the child not just as a little person under the tutelage of adults, but also the submerged one, who knows, who is without power, who doesn’t matter. The book proposes a minor politics that disperses all concentrations of power. Fanny Howe chronicles the weak and persistent, those who never assimilate at the cost of having another group to dominate. She explores the dynamics of the child as victim in a desensitized era, when transgression is the zeitgeist and the victim–perpetrator model controls citizens.
Fanny Howe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose. She has taught literature and writing for many years. She is currently Professor Emerita in Literature at the University of California at San Diego. She has mentored a generation of American poets, activists and scholars working at the intersection of experimental and metaphysical forms of thinking.
Dennis Cooper, “Mine for yours: My favorite fiction, poetry, non-fiction, film, art, and internet of 2020 so far”, DC’s, 16 June 2020
Passa Porta international house of literature, “Public Message (25) Two new poems: Fanny Howe”, Passa Porta magazine, 10 June 2020
Chris Kraus, “Cut by Fanny Howe”, Document literary supplement (ed. Hannah Lack), AnOther Magazine, Issue 38, Spring/Summer 2020, p. 16
Janique Vigier, “Spiral-Walking: Bookforum talks with Fanny Howe”, Bookforum, 17 February 2020
“‘The underworld, the deep sea …’ according to Fanny Howe”, Brixton Review of Books, Issue 9, Spring 2020, p. 13
Praise for Night Philosophy:
This book is a prism through which Earth’s ancient songs and tales are distilled; restored to light. It is also a manual for surviving evil. The most important thing for you to understand is that Fanny Howe is a rebel, down to the cellular level. She walks with the prophets and with the unborn. There is no writer like her.
– Ariana Reines
Fanny Howe is simply one of the best and most innovative writers alive.
– Dawn Lundy Martin
Night Philosophy is sharp and precise. All the time, like a powerful undercurrent, a voltage charger, or Cordelia speaking, language itself exerts its primacy; it insists on remaining true not just to human hope, human feeling, or the questing spirit, but to some idea of a power beyond ourselves.
– Colm Tóibín
History and images of what we do to each other are illuminated, and then made to sing lurid, fluid truth.
– Yusef Komunyakaa
Fanny Howe is a hallowed voice of the violent and brutal twentieth century. A sacred idiot, a wise friend who passes a bottle of warmth through the icy night, who fishes for what haunts the depths.
– Kazim Ali
Publication date: 28 January 2020
Size: 21.6 x 13.9 cm, 144 pages, paperback
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