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One Crossed Out: 12/28/08
One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe is the best collection of poetry I've read this year. It tells the life story of a homeless woman named May.
The poems are emotionally charged, rising and falling with May's own emotional state. Some are happy and some are hopeful but most of them are angry and depressed.
From the collection my two favorite are "Plutocracy " and "[Sic] ". The are two of the longest poems in the collection. Their length gives them the time to develop themes and imagery that the shorter ones don't quite have.
"Plutocracy " recounts the affects of Hurricane Andrew where perhaps May lost everything. Or maybe the hurricane is a stand in for the destruction in May's own life. "[Sic] " looks at May's psychology from the inside and the outside. The juxtapositions are jarring but needed to truly understand May.