Book of Beginnings and Ends focuses on the continuing dance between initial and terminal experiences, effects, and conditions. The poems in the book's four sections come in a wide variety of tones and emotional postures, from hilarity to deep grief, in their quest for balance, some means of containing and celebrating both extremes. The poems propose, in fact, that, along with a persistent kindness, achieving and celebrating such balance is life's essential work. This new volume takes on its subject matter with the lyric imagination, tenderness, clarity and force readers of Howell's writing have come to expect.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER HOWELL has received the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, two from the Artist Trust, and a number of other fellowships and awards, including three Pushcart prizes. His poems, essays, and interviews may be found in many journals and in more than forty-five anthologies. He lives in Spokane, where he is a member of Eastern Washington University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing faculty.