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The Europe of Trusts One of the most striking features of Howe's poetry is how affective and effective the language There are a great deal of moments in her poetry where Howe's language doesn't make syntactic or narrative sense but still conveys a certain rhythm or implacable meaning Howe's work did not always make complete sense to me but the construction and intricacy struck meThis collection showcases some of the breadth of Howe's experimental style particularly with the inclusion of The Liberties This collection features an examination of female suffering at the hands of tyrannical patriarchal figures particularly centering around Cordelia from King Lear and Stella a major figure in Jonathan Swift's life The poetry shifts between dramatic form and poetic form adding to the complexity of the performative aspects of Howe's poeticsOne of Howe's strengths as a poet comes with her attention to polysyllabic sonic textures Her works are always attentive to a sense of hearing the work even if they are not necessarily meant to have a musicality to them The sense of interrelation between lines stanzas and images also comes from her sonic sensibilitiesHer work is above all intriguing It provokes thought and consideration and is particularly helpful for poets who are beginning to look towards experimental forms and experimental language Howe provides a point of entry for writers and readers to recognize the power of individual words and the work they do Overall I liked this book a lot She definitely has done some very interesting things with poetry Many of her images and world choices are uite compelling In some of her experimental ie less traditional poems though it seemed like she was just listing interesting words none of which connected in a coherent way to any of the others There was also one play like poem which didn't grab me as much Bought this the same week as My Life from a different vendor but both books were from the same library Pythagorean silence is now a favourite though it took some time to get disoriented by the words to see how they moved my eyes across the page how they moved my feelings and their sound on my lips who cares if you can follow along when language is useless anyway Pairs well with Dickinson Among my favorite of Howe's books I go back and back and back to this text obsessively re reading into and around it examining how it moves on the page in my mind what it says and evokes how it sounds in my head or on my lips where it places me and what it tells me of self other thens nows language leanings For Susan Howe Words have mythological meanings but also current meanings that often evolve but that can also be retrieved and distortedSusan Howe’s first three books are a prologue to her oeuvre The archive history literature the pass of time and fade of sound and space converse at once in a language that often dreams The Europe of Trusts contains three brilliant landmark books which Susan Howe first published in the early 1980s The Liberties Pythagorean Silence and Defenestration of Prague These are the books following her volumes from the previous decade Hinge Picture Chanting at the Crystal Sea Cabbage Gardens and Secret History of the Dividing Line which established Howe as one of America's most interesting and important contemporary writers Her work as Geoffrey O'Brien put it 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' Generally speaking I understand almost nothing of what Howe writes but I love the work anyway This book was mostly disappointing to me Often skirting right at the edge of sense but feeling too abstracted and brainy and not rooted enough in language Initially found this less accessible than the others I'd read but after two readings I think Pythagorean Silence is one of the most amazing poems I've ever read 1937 sister of Fanny Howe

  • Paperback
  • 218 pages
  • The Europe of Trusts
  • Susan Howe
  • English
  • 24 July 2016
  • 9780811215077

About the Author: Susan Howe

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