Poet 4:

[Mimi Gross: Susan Howe]

Susan Howe
(b. 1937)

Susan Howe is an American poet and critic closely associated with the Language poets. Her work has often been classified as Postmodern, and it expands traditional notions of genre (fiction, essay, poetry). Her books are layered with historical, mythical and other references, and contain lyrical echos of sound yet they are never pinned down by a consistent metrical pattern or traditional poetic rhyme scheme.

Howe was born in Boston and grew up in nearby Cambridge. Her mother, Mary Louise Manning, was Irish and wrote plays and acted for the Abbey Theatre. Her father, Mark DeWolfe Howe, was a professor at Harvard Law School. Howe graduated from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts (1961). She was married to the painter, Harvey Quaytman, with whom she had a daughter, Rebecca. She was married to her second husband, sculptor David von Schlegell, until his death (1992). Her third husband, Peter Hewitt Hare, a noted philosopher and Professor at the University of Buffalo, died in January 2008. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

[Susan Howe]

Author Pages:

  1. Hinge Picture. New York: Cherry Valley/Telephone Books, 1974.
  2. Chanting at the Crystal Sea. Boston, MA: Fire Exit/Corbett, 1975.
  3. The Western Borders. Willits, CA: Tuumba, 1976.
  4. Secret History of the Dividing Line. New York: Telephone Books, 1978.
  5. Cabbage Gardens. Chicago, IL: Fathom, 1979.
  6. Deep in a Forest of Herods. New Haven, CT: Pharos, 1979.
  7. The Liberties. Guilford, CT: Loon, 1980.
  8. Pythagorean Silence. New York: Montemora Foundation, 1982.
  9. Defenestration of Prague. New York: Kulchur Foundation, 1983.
  10. Articulation of Sound Forms in Time. Windsor, VT: Awede, 1987.
  11. A Bibliography of the King's Book, or, Eikon Basilke. Providence, RI: Paradigm, 1989.
  12. The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems. Los Angeles, CA: Sun & Moon, 1990.
  13. Singularities. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1990.
  14. The Nonconformist's Memorial. Limited edition with illustrations by Robert Mangold,. New York: Gren Fell Press, 1992 / New York: New Directions, 1993.
  15. Frame Structures: Early Poems, 1974-79. New York: New Directions, 1996.
  16. Pierce-Arrow. New York: New Directions, 1999.
  17. Bed Hangings. Pictures by Susan Bee. New York: Granary Books, 2001.
  18. The Midnight. New York: New Directions, 2003.
  19. Souls of the Labadie Tract. New York: New Directions, 2007.
  20. That This. New York: New Directions, 2010.
  21. Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker. New Directions Poetry Pamphlets. New York: New Directions, 2013.
  22. Tom Tit Tot. With R. H. Quaytman. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2013.
  23. Debths. New York: New Directions, 2017.

  24. Prose:
  25. My Emily Dickinson. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic, 1985.
  26. Incloser. Santa Fe, NM: Weaselsleeves Press, 1992.
  27. The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History. Hanover, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1993.
  28. Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives. New York: New Directions / Christine Burgin, 2014.
  29. The Quarry: Essays. New York: New Directions, 2015.

  30. Secondary Literature:
  31. Back, Rachel Tzvia. Led by Language: The Poetry and Poetics of Susan Howe. Modern & Contemporary Poetics. Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 2002.
  32. Collis, Stephen. Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism. E L S Monograph Series. Victoria, BC: ELS Editions, 2007.
  33. Montgomery, William. The Poetry of Susan Howe: History, Theology, Authority. Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. New York & London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  34. Quartermain, Peter. Disjunctive Poetics: From Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe. Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

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