Fanny Howe’s “Second Childhood” Muses on the Drudgery of Getting Older
Fanny Howe’s latest poetry collection Second Childhood muses about the mundane world, including everything from chance meetings to the joys and sorrows of being a parent. Unlike other poetry collections, Howe’s poems have an impersonal narrator who muses on both the mundane and spiritual aspects of the world we live in. From chance encounters to pondering life’s mysteries, her work is a loving homage to the wonder of the world around us.
However, there’s a melancholy air as Howe yearns for the innocence of childhood as she delves deep into the rollercoaster ride that is raising a child of her own. She also mourns the loss of the active imagination that one has as a kid, because once you hit adulthood, it’s basically stamped out.
By using opposing imagery and showcasing a wide variety of emotions in her work, Howe’s collection is an absolute joy to read, especially because you can interpret her poems in so many different ways.