Sean Howard

Sean Howard is the author of two collections of poetry, Local Calls (2009) and Incitements (2011). As well as appearing in numerous literary journals, his work has been featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English in both 2011 and 2014. Howard lives in Main--Dieu, Cape Breton, and is an adjunct professor of political science at Cape Breton University.



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The Photographer's Last Picture
Sean Howard

2016 / Poetry / $29.95
9781554471607 / Trade paper / 368 pp


Sean Howard has written twenty poems inspired by photographs he discovered in a tattered copy of Colliers Photographic History of the European War (1916), although inspired is hardly an adequate word for it. For Howard, each photograph introduces a cascade of associations and ideas about history and memory, about the events and implications of the First World War, and about our ongoing relationship with global conflict. The resulting poems have the economy and energy of a stark, high-contrast print, yet what is perhaps most striking about the book is the way Howards prose passages chronicle the development of each photograph into a poem, like images slowly taking form in the chemistry of a darkroom tray. Following a method that is precariously dependent on attentiveness, memory and chance encounters, personal and cultural associations followed as broadly, deeply, and unsystematically as possible, The Photographers Last Picture assembles observation, description, quotation and amplification into an episodic text capable of transmitting a range of uncertain truths unavailable to conventional History.



Other Books by this Author

Incitements
Sean Howard

2011 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554470969 / Trade paper

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