The last time Susan Howe read for Small Press Traffic was three years ago, and mobs of people jammed the tiny space of Canessa Park--thrilled, delighted, awed. Simply put, Howe is one of the greatest readers we've ever heard, AND WE'VE HEARD THEM ALL--as well as a great poet, thinker and archaeologist of "marginalia."
Howe is a Professor of English at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She is the author of My Emily Dickinson, The Europe of Trusts, Singularities, The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History, and The Nonconformist's Memorial. Her latest book is Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (Sun & Moon). Geoffrey O'Brien has written, that Howe's work is "a voyage of reconnaissance in language, a sounding out of ancient hiding places, and it is a voyage full of risk. 'Words are the only clues we have,' she has said. 'What if they fail us?'"
February 8, 1997