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Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives

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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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Christopher Deweese
Oct 10, 2014 Christopher Deweese rated it it was amazing
This is a magic book.
Catherine Corman
Sep 28, 2014 Catherine Corman rated it it was amazing
Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away, and be at rest.

-Psalm 55.6, quoted in Hannah Edwards Wetmore's diary, quoted by Susan Howe
Mar 16, 2015 Sienna rated it liked it
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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
Brennan Bogert
Jan 25, 2015 Brennan Bogert rated it it was ok
This loosely structured lecture begins to extol the pleasures and necessities of archives and antiquarianism but becomes quicker a quote book. The source materials seem to come to draw more upon age and language than Telepathy of Archives can.
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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-
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This is a charming book, which I had to have because I like it as an object. I like the photographs, the physical things, and the sense of discovery that is part of the telepathy of archives. Nice to have been familiar with the interesting New Englanders.
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A sort of illustrated essay on the joys of archives and rummaging in the past. Sort of.
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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 ...more
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