Spooky Action at a Distance
by Howard Levy
Howard Levy’s remarkable second book chronicles the human struggle to overcome the often vast emotional distances between people, between the self and the world, and even between oneself and one’s own life... The collection’s final poems not only glimpse the world’s splendor but “offer it up as the heart and grace of love. —Jeffrey Harrison
I sometimes, and unoriginally, surmise that the affiliation of poets with the academy has deprived too many of us of a wider world to render. Howard Levy, poet, but also a businessman, show awareness of realms less confined than those of much current verse. He can be heartbreakingly tender... and truly cosmopolitan. But it’s not a matter or either-or: the private poems have a salty dose of the worldly, just as the poems of apparently broader scope have the bittersweet, mixed savor of personal dejection and aspiration. ... a mastery that Levy exerts as if without effort. —Sydney Lea
About the Book
Mapping the twin poles of isolation and connection, Levy’s poems illuminate the dramatic landscapes of both states.
Spooky Action at a Distance , a phrase coined by Albert Einstein, seems an exact and powerful description of love between two people, the connection that impels the self to discover the joys and to embrace the pain. Levy’s poems seek to map these opposite poles and the landscape between, following the rivers of emotions that rise from the despairing sense of isolation and the exultant sense of being affined allowing the self to discover its link to all things in the world.
Howard Levy is the author of CavanKerry’s first book, A Day This Lit. His work has appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, and The Gettysburg Review. He has served as a faculty member of the Frost Place Poetry Festival and currently lives in New York.