Poetry. Art. Book + CD. With figures X, Y, and Z, Fanny Howe constructs "a repressed but emotional history" of encounters and unions between races, classes, genders, and epochs. Considering race as "the most random quality assigned to a soul," Howe has undertaken an (American) history of a racially mixed population. The work bears evidence to many creative unions as well: with Ben Watkins, who provided the photographs; with graphic artist Maceo Senna, who illustrated the text; with Nya Patrinos, set designer, video artist, and director of the original production; as well as with composers Miles Anderson and Erica Sharp, whose score adds another voice to the spoken three. The book includes a CD recording of the work, originally performed at the Porter Troupe gallery in San Diego, 1997, with Paul Miles (X), Stephanie French (Y), and Andre Canty (Z). "So whiteness is what is dependent on a witness. / The moon's opaque and egg-like sheen is the kind of zero / that wants to be more than air and negativity."
Fanny Howe is the author of more than thirty works fo poetry and prose, including THE WAGES (Grid Books, 2020), NIGHT PHILOSOPHY (Divided Publishing Ltd, 2020), WHAT DID I DO WRONG (Flood Editions, 2009), and THE LIVES OF SPIRIT GLASSTOWN (Nightboat Books, 2005). Howe received the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement. Author City: West Tisbury, MA USA