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Frame Structures: Early Poems, 1974-1979

Frame Structures: Early Poems, 1974-1979

by Susan Howe
     
 

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In Frame Structures, Susan Howe brings together those of her early poems she wishes to remain in print, and in the forms in which she cares to have them last.
Gathered here are versions of Hinge Picture (1974), Chanting at the Crystal Sea 91975), Cabbage Gardens (1979), and Secret History of the Dividing Line (1978) that differ in some respects from their

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In Frame Structures, Susan Howe brings together those of her early poems she wishes to remain in print, and in the forms in which she cares to have them last.
Gathered here are versions of Hinge Picture (1974), Chanting at the Crystal Sea 91975), Cabbage Gardens (1979), and Secret History of the Dividing Line (1978) that differ in some respects from their original small-press editions. In a long preface, "Frame Structures," written especially for this volume, Howe suggests the autobiographical, familial, literary, and historical motifs that suffuse these early works. Taken together, the preface and poems reflect her rediscovered sense of her own beginnings as a poet, her movement from the visual arts into the iconography of the written word.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This eagerly awaited edition brings back into print four of five long-poem chapbooks with which Howe moved from the visual arts into poetry. The interplay is readily apparent. Howe compresses her lines into "fields" of text, where rhymes and the ghost of the pentameter convincingly illustrate her preoccupation: how history lives through us, and vice versa, as we become "a pure past that returns to itself unattackable in the framework" of a poem. Though the details of her part-Anglo patrician, part-Irish immigrant heritage discussed in the long preface may seem like pedigree posturing, we slowly realize that for her, every historical figure is fascinating as a "cinder of the lexical drift," a person who now lives only through our reading of them. The genius of poems like "Hinge Picture," entering the terror and eros that created the Bible, and "Secret History of the Dividing Line," which explores the beginnings of exile and nationhood, is in the impulsive and authentic voices (unlike those of Pound's Cantos) given these generative speakers. No nostalgia, wonder or prefab interpretations cloud the immediacy or exquisite lyricism of the better works here. We are struck by "the war-whoop in each dusty narrative." (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213226
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/17/1996
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Author of more than a dozen books of poetry and two of literary criticism, Susan Howe's recent collection of poems That This, published by New Directions won the Bollingen Prize in 2011. Her earlier critical study, My Emily Dickinson, was re-issued in 2007 with an introduction by Eliot Weinberger. Three CDs in collaboration with the musician/composer David Grubbs, Thiefth,Souls of the Labadie Tract, and Frolic Architecturewere released on the Blue Chopsticks label (2005; 2011). Howe held the Samuel P. Capen Chair in Poetry and the Humanities at the State University New York at Buffalo until her retirement in 2007. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and served as a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets between 2000-2006. In fall, 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship to the American Academy at Berlin. Grenfell Press published a fine press edition of “Frolic Architecture with photographic prints by James Welling in 2009. Recently she was an Artist In Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In October, 2013 her word collages were exhibited at the Yale Union in Portland, Oregon, and in the Whitney Biennial Spring, 2014. A limited press edition of Tom Tit Tot (the word collages which amount to a series poem) with art work by R.H. Quaytman has just been published by MoMA in New York, and Spontaneous Particulars:The Telepathy of Archives, (2014) published by Christine Burgin and New Directions.

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