Sean Howard

Sean Howard is the author of three collections of poetry, Local Calls (2009), Incitements (2011) and The Photographer’s Last Picture (2016). 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-à-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 Collier’s 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 Howard’s 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 Photographer’s 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

Ghost Estates
Sean Howard

2018 / Canadian Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554471898 / Trade paper / 80 pp
So Many Boys All Doing Right
Sean Howard

2017 / Poetry / $75.00 CAN
Fine / 40 pp
Sean Howard

2011 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470969 / Trade paper / 96 pp

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