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Dreamless and Possible

Poems New and Selected

This generous volume of new and selected poems by Christopher Howell encompasses three decades of his distinguished work, drawing upon all of his previous books. Dreamless and Possible chronicles his wide range of interests, expressed by blending elements of the surreal with biography, imagist economy with a storyteller's informality. It also shows the development of his signature style, reflected, as poet Albert Goldbarth has written, in poems "connected by deep thought worn lightly, and by large vision writ in small details."

These are poems of palpable force. Howell thinks out loud as he works his way through what charms, challenges, and defines the human project. He questions, tests images and associations, and leaps, trusting himself, into midair. In consequence, the cerebral energy propels his poems beyond statement and into startlingly evocative modes, grappling with and sifting profound matters of memory, imagination, and grief, tempered always by joy.

About the Author

Christopher Howell is professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Washington University.


". . . gleans the Spokane resident's best work from eight books and his haunting new work."—Mike Dillon, City Living

"There are stable frames of reference in his poems, but he's good for a substantial surprise almost every time.Those who seek Howell's book out will find a poet who over time has grown more and more comfortable with surprising word choices, comparisons, and lists. He's so sure the force of his narratives will carry the reader through to the end, so sure the feelings that come through in his poems are real and undeniable, he can risk what looks at first like irrelevance."—Constant Critic

"Over the last three decades, Howell's poetry has deepened yet lost none of its quicksilver movement where the quotidian and eternal play tag."—City Living


"A magnificent collection, by an exceptional voice and talent, one that enriches all of us writing and reading poetry in these times."—Christopher Buckley

"Finally having the best of Christopher Howell's work of the past 30 or so years is a great gift to the readers of poetry. His voice is grave, irreverent, funny (at times) and his newest poems are also lighted by (I know this is a dangerous word) wisdom. Godspeed this book into the hands of many readers!"—Thomas Lux

"For nearly four decades Christopher Howell has so ably been marrying the miraculous to the mundane; the indivisible world to the here—before—our—eyes; the wacky to the expectable; the meditative to the pratfall—prone; the immediate to the ghost—ridden; and the mirthful to the elegiac— and marrying them with such authority— it's no wonder that by now my head is full of their progeny. 'The Moon is up on its hind legs / over the shed,' he says, and . . . yes, there it is, in the sky in my brain, just (as so much turns out to be) the way Christopher Howell describes it."—Albert Goldbarth

"Sometimes reading a poet feels like surfacing. You find yourself in a huge world, achingly strange and familiar. Howell's work has that charge: the clarity of trance and the jolt of waking. His new book is the distillation of an oeuvre, attentive to the future and the origins, incandescent with loss. Dreamless and Possible is a testament, a stunning and visceral collection from one of America's most necessary poets."—D. Nurkse

"Christopher Howell exults in 'the common mysteries of lives,' and his capacious vision is especially displayed here with poems from over the course of thirty years, during which he has written dramatic monologues, rhymed lyrics, haunting narratives and elegies that are both redemptive and terribly sad. And while the bewildering world 'sways on its pins,' we come away from his poetry with the curious belief that we are—-somehow, strangely, by what?—blessed."—Lucia Perillo

University of Washington Press
Pacific Northwest Poetry Series


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The Grief of a Happy Life

Christopher Howell
Oct 2019 - University of Washington Press
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Hair of the Dog

Christopher Howell
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Heart of the Rat

edited by Christopher Howell
Feb 2018 - Willow Springs Press
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Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today

Melissa Kwasny
Sep 2017 - University of Washington Press
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Rae Armantrout
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