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The Nonconformist's Memorial : Poems - Susan Howe

The Nonconformist's Memorial

Poems

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Published: 17th June 1993
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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. How 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 T. S. Eliot and the abstract expressionists. The sequences fall into two sections, "Turning" and "Conversion," in half-ironic nonconforming counterpart to Eliot's Four Quartets. Her collaging and mirror-imaging of words are concretions of verbal static, visual meditations on what can and cannot be said. For Howe, "Melville's Marginalia" is the essential poem in the collection, an approach to an elusive and allusive mind through Melville's own reading and the notations in his library books. This, says Howe, is "Language a wood for thought."

"Howe has continued to produce work of meditative urgency unmatched in recent American poetry." -- Geoffrey O'Brien - Voice Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780811212298
ISBN-10: 0811212297
Series: New Directions Paperbook, 755
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17th June 1993
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.23