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Howe, Susan 1937-

Works: 325 works in 495 publications in 2 languages and 10,015 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Sound poetry  Manuscripts  Essays  Exhibition catalogs  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Performer, Creator, Narrator
Classifications: PS3558.O893, 811.54
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Singularities by Susan Howe( )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My Emily Dickinson by Susan Howe( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and French and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For Wallace Stevens, "Poetry is the scholar's art." Susan Howe--taking poet-scholar-critics Charles Olson, H.D., and William Carlos Williams (among others) as her guides--embodies that art in her 1985 My Emily Dickinson (winner of the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award). Howe shows ways in which earlier scholarship had shortened Dickinson's intellectual reach by ignoring the use to which she put her wide reading. Giving close attention to the well-known poem, "My Life had stood--a Loaded Gun," Howe tracks Dickens, Browning, Emily Brontë, Shakespeare, and Spenser, as well as local Connecticut River Valley histories, Puritan sermons, captivity narratives, and the popular culture of the day. "Dickinson's life was language and a lexicon her landscape ... Forcing, abbreviating, pushing, padding, subtracting, riddling, interrogating, re-writing, she pulled text from text ..."
The birth-mark : unsettling the wilderness in American literary history by Susan Howe( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nonconformist's memorial : poems by Susan Howe( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sequences fall into two sections, "Turning" and "Conversion," in half-ironic nonconforming counterpoint to Eliot's Four Quartets. Her collaging and mirror-imaging of words are concretions of verbal static, visual meditations on what can and cannot be said. For Howe, "Melville's Marginalia" is the essential poem in the collection, an approach to an elusive and allusive mind through Melville's own reading and the notations in his library books. This, says Howe, is "Language a wood for thought."
The midnight by Susan Howe( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Midnight's amply illustrated five sections, three of poetry and two of prose, we find--swirling around the poet's mother--ghosts, family photographs, whispers, interjections, bed hangings, unfinished lace, the fly-leaves of old books, The Master of Ballantrae, the Yeats brothers, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Lady Macbeth, Thomas Sheridan, Michael Drayton, Frederick Law Olmsted: a restless brood confronting, absorbing, and refracting history and language. With shades of wit, insomnia, and terror, The Midnight becomes a kind of dialogue in which the prose and poetry sections seem to be dreaming fitfully of each other
The Europe of trusts by Susan Howe( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This contains three landmark books which Susan Howe first published in the early 1980s
That this by Susan Howe( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What treasures of knowledge we cluster around. That This is a collection in three pieces. Disappearance Approach, an essay about the sudden death of the author s husband ( land of darkness or darkness itself you shadow mouth ), begins the book with paintings by Poussin, an autopsy, Sarah Edwards and her sister-in-law Hannah, phantoms, elusive remnants, and snakes. Frolic Architecture, the second section inspired by visits to the vast 18th-century Jonathan Edwards archives at the Beinecke and accompanied by six black-and-white photograms by James Welling presents hauntingly lovely, oblique text-collages that Howe (with scissors and invisible Scotch Tape and a Canon copier) has twisted, flattened, and snipped into inscapes of force. The final section, That This, delivers beautiful short squares of verse that might look at home in a hymnal, although their orderly appearance packs startling power
Souls of the Labadie tract by Susan Howe( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Souls of the Labadie Tract finds Susan Howe exploring (or unsettling) one of her favorite domains, the psychic past of America, with Jonathan Edwards and Wallace Stevens as her presiding tutelary geniuses. Three long poems interspersed with prose pieces, Souls of the Labadie Tract takes as its starting point the Labadists, a Utopian Quietest sect that moved from the Netherlands to Cecil County, Maryland, in 1684. The community dissolved in 1722. In Souls, Howe is lured by archives and libraries, with their ghosts, cranks, manuscripts, and scraps of material. One thread winding through Souls is silken: from the epigraphs of Edwards ("the silkworm is a remarkeable type of Christ .") and of Stevens ("the poet makes silk dresses out of worms") to the mulberry tree (food of the silkworms) and the fragment of a wedding dress that ends the book
Frame structures : early poems, 1974-1979 by Susan Howe( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Frame Structures, Susan Howe brings together those of her earliest poems she wishes to remain in print, and in the forms in which she cares to have them last. Gathered here are versions of Hinge Picture (1974), Chanting at the Crystal Sea (1975), Cabbage Gardens (1979), and Secret History of the Dividing Line (1978) that differ in some respects from their original small-press editions. In a long preface, "Frame Structures," written especially for this volume, Howe suggests the autobiographical, familial, literary, and historical motifs that suffuse these early works. Taken together, the preface and poems reflect her rediscovered sense of her own beginnings as a poet, her movement from the visual arts into the iconography of the written word
The sound of poetry, the poetry of sound by Marjorie Perloff( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sound has been all but ignored in the current discourse about lyric forms. This collection of essays seeks to readdress the fundamental connections between poetry & sound - connections that go far beyond traditional metrical studies
Pierce-arrow by Susan Howe( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Howe's book of poems takes as its point of departure the figure of Charles S. Peirce, the allusive nineteenth-century philosopher on the periphery of the academic and social establishment yet intimately conjoined with them by birth and upbringing. Through Peirce and his wife Juliette, a lady of shadowy antecedents, Howe creates an intriguing nexus that explores the darker, melancholy sides of the fin-de-siècle Anglo-American intelligentsia. George Meredith and his wife Mary Ellen, Swinburne and his companion Theodore Watts-Dunton, are among those who also find a place in the three long poem-sequences that comprise the book. Howe's historical linkings, resonant with the sorrows of love and loss and the tragedies of war, create a compelling canvas of associations. "It's the blanks and gaps," she says, "that to me actually represent what poetry is--the connections between seemingly unconnected things--as if there is a place and might be a map to thought, when we know there is not."
Debths by Susan Howe( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Collects poems and text collages to produce a complex and winding exploration of memory, history, and storytelling"--
The quarry by Susan Howe( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A powerful selection of Susan Howe's key essays, The Quarry moves backward chronologically, from her brand-new 'Vagrancy in the Park' (about Wallace Stevens) through essential texts such as 'The Disappearance Approach, ' 'Personal Narrative, ' 'Sorting Facts; or, 47 Ways of Looking at Chris Marker, ' 'Frame Structures, ' and 'Where Should the Commander Be' to end with her seminal early art criticism, 'The End of Art'"--
Bed hangings by Susan Howe( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bibliography of The king's book, or, Eikon Basilike by Susan Howe( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spontaneous particulars : the telepathy of archives by Susan Howe( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sorting facts, or, Nineteen ways of looking at Marker by Susan Howe( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Poetry and cinema collide in Susan Howe's masterful meditation on the filmmaker Chris Marker, whose film stills are interspersed throughout, as well as those of Andrei Tarkovsky."--Publisher's website
Defenestration of Prague by Susan Howe( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Articulation of sound forms in time by Susan Howe( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The networked recluse : the connected world of Emily Dickinson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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My Emily DickinsonThe birth-mark : unsettling the wilderness in American literary historyThe nonconformist's memorial : poemsThe midnightThe Europe of trustsThat thisSouls of the Labadie tractFrame structures : early poems, 1974-1979
Alternative Names
Susan Howe Amerikaans dichteres

Susan Howe écrivaine américaine

Susan Howe escriptora estatunidenca

Susan Howe escritora estadounidense

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