From the Archive | Fanny Howe


[An excerpt from Fanny Howe’s 2005 chapbookTramp, which was the first in the Vallum Chapbook Series. This chapbook is out of print, but is available as a digital copy.]


It’s the summer solstice
The day the darkening begins

If I keep walking west I can precede this time again

In a year. Not much stamina
Foot-shoes sore

Passing war after war
between ad nauseam errors

Unsure of which was after
And which is before


If I can just keep walking
It will not be now
But next

If I can stay with the gravity
That troubles the sea you’ll see
I will come to that day

Now I can taste its goodness
Without me


After the solstice
Has passed, the days contract
New green grays
And I’m off again

To those I would die for
Please be patient
It’s summer somewhere
I hear good things


Fanny Howe has written numerous books of poetry and fiction, including the recent collection of stories, Economics. Her recent collection of poetry, On The Ground, was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. She is a past recipient of the Lenore Marshall Award for Poetry and of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New England.