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Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives
by Susan Howe (Goodreads Author)
Great American writers William Carlos Williams, Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson, Noah Webster, Hart Crane, Wallace Stevens, Henry James all in the physicality of their archival manuscripts (reproduced in beautiful facsimiles here) are the presiding spirits ofSpontaneous Particulars: Telepathy of Archives. Also woven into Susan Howe s newest book are beautiful photographs ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by New Directions / Christine Burgin
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I try not to penalize books that have been written for not coinciding with the books I hoped they'd be. In the case of Susan Howe's meditation on archival research, though, I think that it could have been so much more than a cobbling together of works she found inspiring. They are beautiful, the images and quotes that fill this lovely book-object, but the commentary connecting them feels thin, embryonic rather than ready-to-share. This wasn't an inexpensive book for its size and content, and I'm ...more
A tiny blue fragment of his wife Sarah [/] Pierrepont Edwards' wedding dress, a journal kept by Esther Ed- [/] wards Burr (their oldest daughter) and several raggedy scraps from [/] his younger sister Hannah's private writings-
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 ...moreMore about Susan Howe...