The library, to me, is the second most sacred physical space on the planet.
My responsibility as a poet, as an artist, is to not look away.
Watch your life as if it were a film. Absorb everything. What you see, hear, and feel will stamp every alphabet of your work.
I remember saying to myself those things are very, very important to hear, but there must be another way to say them so that they will truly be heard. I mean, that's what art is. Art is about being provocative. Art is also about beauty. And if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter.
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.
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