I left nothing inside on purpose

I left nothing inside on purpose

by Stevie Howell


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The highly anticipated second collection from the Irish-Canadian poet whose work has garnered international attention.

Poems of stringent aesthetic demands and volcanic emotional release make up Stevie Howell's wondrous I left nothing inside on purpose. These poems—bewildering in their linguistic beauty—verge on prayer in their intense plea to be truly seen by another, a sort of devotional sequence addressing the psychological construct of attachment. Can we change? Has anyone ever changed? Does it matter? Lives marred by injury and violence, both physical and psychic, emerge in the book as meditations on trust, endurance, faith, destruction, and love. Howell's voice combines ferocious intimacy and moral rigour with precision and compassion.

The Hawaiian surf, the neuropsychologist's lab, the deliriums of social media, and the recovery room. From geology to theology, lyric pain to the contemplative mind of the quasi-saint, I left nothing inside on purpose is a deeply affecting, glittering analysis of who we are when we claim to be ourselves in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771039034
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

STEVIE HOWELL is an Irish-Canadian writer, critic, and editor. Their first collection of poetry, Sharps, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Stevie's poetry has appeared in U.S. publications, including BOAAT, Prelude, and Gigantic Sequins; in Canadian publications, including Hazlitt, The Walrus, and Maisonneuve; and in overseas publications including The Rialto, The Moth, and Southword. They have written literary criticism for The Rumpus, Ploughshares, and the Globe and Mail. Stevie Howell is the poetry editor at THIS Magazine, and is an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU.

Table of Contents

I welcomed the wound & 1

Attachment 2

Repetition 4

Staying is nowhere 8

Hollow all the way down 10

In the heart 17

Birding in Wolfville 18

Never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself 21

Did … did a malachite write this 24

In the gutter, under the moon 25

As a child 27

Notes on not being able to have a baby 30

Embryonic 36

Trigger warning for a course in developmental psychology 38

Steven's echo 40

Only poem about highschool 43

A séance 45

Talking w/humans is my only way to learn 46

The Perseids 47

To the husband 50

Life is not about what you learn, really, but what you remember 52

Summerhill liquor store 53

Inflorescence 54

Non-attachment 58

The long hall 60

Notes 63

Acknowledgements 65

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