"Language is a wild interioriy. I am lost in the
refuge of its dark life."
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."