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"Language is a wild interioriy. I am lost in the refuge of its dark life."
Susan Howe
Susan Howe,
Susan Howe
A great poet, thinker and archaeologist of "marginalia," Susan Howes most recent poetry collections are The Midnight (New Directions, 2003), The Europe of Trusts (2002), Pierce-Arrow (1999), Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996), The Nonconformist's Memorial (1993), The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990), and Singularities (1990). Her books of criticism are The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993), which was named an "International Book of the Year" by the Times Literary Supplement, and My Emily Dickinson (1985). She has received two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In 1996 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in the winter of 1998 she was a distinguished fellow at the Stanford Institute of the Humanities. Since 1989 she has been a professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

"Susan is concerned with the passionate act of writing, with Language. A voice that is voices portrays a mind's movement. Tone and mood of the dark side of American, specifically American, History. Subversion. Identity and memory of place. Language is the medium through which Her revelation of the nature of meaning/s evolve/s. Her ways of generating meaning require a change in reading habits. I can no longer expect to be told something. I have to discover it, that something, in the telling."
Janet Rodney

from Bedhangings II




Susan Howe
Perilous quillwork needlework

Need wheat for an ogee epigram

if old Lille silk one ogival sliver

if miniature bobbin come from

dark underwood again again if

reeling wild silk precede reeler







Secrecy let me light you in

In shadow something other

echoed and re-echoed only


The dark who can veneer it

That conjoint abstraction will

come to snow let us go back


To the Compiler of Memories




Frequent exposure to night air

An inattention to the necessity

of changing damp clothes


Sweet affliction sweet affliction

Singing as I wade to heaven



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