Render / An Apocalypse by Rebecca Gayle Howell
Render / An Apocalypse (Paperback)
Please Note—This book will be available on or about March 7, 2013
"Render / An Apocalypse is a book about need, about what we must do, or have others do for us, to fulfill that need, be it hunger or desire or connection with something larger, something outside ourselves, outside the little cage of our need." So Nick Flynn begins his foreword of Kentucky poet Rebecca Gayle Howell's startling debut collection, a series of how-to poems that rewrite the old farmers' almanac into wild lyric directives that upturn all we think we know.
About the Author
Rebecca Gayle Howell has published poems and translations in Ecotone, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, and storySouth. Her awards include a poetry fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center and a Jules Chametzky Prize in Literary Translation. Library Journal chose Howell's translation of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books) as a 2011 best book of poetry. "Hagar" was also a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award (BTBA). Rebecca Gayle Howell's collection Render / An Apocalypse was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2012 Cleveland State University First Book Prize. Her homeplace is Lexington, Kentucky.
Praise for Render / An Apocalypse
"In every one of these haunting and hungry poems, Howell draws a map for how to enter the heat and dew of the human being, naked and facing the natural world, desperate to feel. I did not realize while reading Render how deeply I was handing everything over."—Nikky Finney, National Book Award-Winning author of Head off and Split
"This is the book you want with you in the cellar when the tornado is upstairs taking your house and your farm. It s the book you want in the bomb shelter, and in the stalled car, in the kitchen waiting for the kids to come home, in the library when the library books are burned. Its instructions are clear and urgent. Rebecca Gayle Howell has pressed her face to the face of the actual animal world. She remembers everything we have forgotten. Read this! It s not too late. We can start over from right here and right now."—Marie Howe, author of The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems