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Susan Howe, That This
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"Exaggerated History" by Susan Schultz
A review of The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History and The Nonconformist's Memorial, from Postmodern Culture, January, 1994. Reprinted at Alan Filreis's English 88 site.
Electronic Poetry Center: Susan Howe
Includes links to her course syllabi, pages of "Thorow," and her essay "Incloser" (Postmodern Culture, January, 1991), among other items.
Susan Howe (1937-)
From the Modern American Poetry Site. Includes bibliography, criticism, and external links.
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Susan Howe
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Susan Howe

Susan Howe was born in 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books of poems and two volumes of criticism. Her most recent poetry collections are The Midnight (2003), Kidnapped (2002), 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).

Her work also has appeared in Anthology of American Poetry, edited by Cary Nelson (Oxford University Press, 1999); The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2003); and Poems for the Millennium, Volume 2, edited by Pierre Joris and Jerome Rotherberg (1998).

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. In 2011, Howe received Yale University's Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.

She was a longtime professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and held the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut.


From the Image Archive
Poems by
Susan Howe

The Midnight [For here we are here]
A Woman's Delusion
from Debths
Pythagorean Silence [excerpt]
That This
The Nonconformist's Memorial

Read by
Susan Howe

Two Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance by John Cage

Prose by
Susan Howe

An Open Field: Susan Howe in Conversation
Video: Blaney Lecture: The Whispered Rush, Telepathy of Archives

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