Sailing Lines: Review of SPINNAKERS

It may be that W. Scott Howard creates poetry with a distinct project in mind; his books are focused and compact. In 2014, Howard and artist Ginger Knowlton collaborated to bring together lines of poetry and visual art in their chapbook, Ropes, published by Delete Press. Ropes gathers works from Howard and Knowlton that previously appeared in Diagram, Ekleksographia, word for / word, and in a letterpress broadside with image from Ėditions Moirė. That collection may remind the reader of Apollinaire’s Calligrammes. However, in his second collection, Spinnakers, the poet works alone to present what I am tempted to call a tour de force, though the collection is 28 pages long.

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