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The Nonconformist's Memorial: Poems
by Susan Howe (Goodreads Author)
The Nonconformist's Memorial is a gathering of four long sequences that underscores Susan Howe's reputation as one of the leading experimentalists writing today. Howe is a poet of language in history whose work resonates back through Melville, Dickinson, and Shelley to the seventeenth-century Metaphysicals and Puritans (the nonconformism of the title), and forward again to ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 17th 1993 by New Directions
(first published May 1st 1993)
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Susan Howe has the best ingredients for her poems. I mean, really. In this book she juxtaposes the death of Christ with the death of King Charles, talking about the ways that an official version of the death were promoted, and the way people at the time accepted it as fact even while knowing that this was an "official version" that was negligent of facts. This, I think, is brilliant. However, it's the salad she makes with those ingredients, the lyric cut ups, with lines thrown in so many differe ...more
Sep 13, 2007 Shaindel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in experimental poetry
Although I write in a different style than Howe, I thought what she did with Melville's Marginalia was amazing. She took snatches of what Melville wrote in the margins of his personal library and made poetry of it. This part of the collection would probably also be really interesting to Melville scholars.
brillant. engages all angles of poetry / while creating new ones. who is important in literature / which men? / did they do it all themselves / who is the writer? / who are they? / no singulars / cut ups / re-arrangers / difficult movers / what is a book? / fuck you and your answer if you can answer
Maybe her best: if someone were to try just one of her works, I would suggest this. Even if you're not a poetry reader, Howe is interesting about history & our nations beginnings. So wonderful; I wish I could read her again for the first time!
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 Singularit ...moreMore about Susan Howe...