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  • Author:Susan Howe
  • Creator:James Welling
  • Publisher:New Directions
  • Category:Book
  • List Price: $16.95
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  • Sales Rank:630,521
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:First Edition
  • Pages:112
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
  • Dimensions (in):8.8 x 7.6 x 0.3
  • Publication Date:December 31, 2010
  • ISBN:0811219186
  • EAN:9780811219181
  • ASIN:0811219186
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Synopsis

Susan Howe’s newest book of poetry is a revelation as well as a mystery.

“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:

     That this book is a history of
     a shadow that is a shadow of


     Me mystically one in another
     another another to subserve


“The still-new century’s finest metaphysical poet.”—The Village Voice Six black-and-white photographs

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