Fanny Howe

Novelist, Fierce, passionate and represents beauty

About Fanny Howe

About Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe's work explores grammatical possibilities, and it's rhythms are generated from associative images and sounds. Her work displays as well as her political urgency. She attended Stanford University for three years, after leaving, she married and divorced two years later. She has received awards for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry foundation, the California Council for Arts, and the "Village Voice". Howe was also a recipient of 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Today Fanny Howe lives in Massachusetts, and still continues to write her passionate poetry.


This poem is about walking through life knowing that accomplishments are shameful, and that new reality is peaceful and unbearable. There are many possibilities in life and you just have to keep striving for those goals no matter how hard they can be. In this poem, Fanny mentions possibility and that life just keeps going. She is considering life to boring. She refers to something that happens every winter and nothing new and surprising happens. It always has that perfect rhythm and steady pace. Her tone fits this poem perfectly. She never wanted to be a slave she has wanted to master it, that's why she mentions that "she has never arrived in a new life" and "she does it often".


Fanny wrote about the sinking of the Titanic and wants everyone to remember this sad and tragic time. In this poem the Titanic hit a huge ice glacier and sank the entire ship. It happened so quickly and all of sudden that nobody could believe what they have heard. Fanny uses personification in this poem. She wants to give the reader a visual effect by giving the glacier the humongous feel and look of the Statue of Liberty, also uses imagery.The word choice in this poem is phenomenal. She did a great job telling readers about the titanic and she has a precise knowledge of the Titanic.


Fanny wanted to get the message to her readers that there is no easy way to life but you can figure it out by choosing anyway. Every time she or anyone does, they will get rewarded with something good. She uses a strong tone in her word choice. She doesn't use big words but she put smaller words next to each other to make them strong as one. Also she uses a lot of imagery and not just this poem but all of them. She lets the reader visualize and it's one of her most powerful effects in her writing.

Everything's Fake

Fanny wants the readers to know that there isn't any perfect in this world. Nobody is perfect and neither is a town or city. Fanny is in a place where there are homeless people in a canyon or some where next to Hollywood. She wants to imagine that she is apart of this beautiful "perfect" place. She also then looks back and tells herself that there isn't much better down there than there was where she is now. Most people think they live a perfect life but nobody does, nobody is perfect and that is what Fanny is trying to tell people. In this poem there is a lot of imagery. She also uses metaphors, she compares the expectations of life to reality. Fanny also uses an Allusion, a reference of the Hollywood sign. She realizes that life can't come perfect, she doesn't live a perfect life, nobody is perfect. Don't search for that life, let it be.