Susan Howe (2439 words)

  • William Peter George Montgomery (Royal Holloway, University of London)

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Susan Howe is a pre-eminent poet of the Anglophone modernist tradition, among the most widely discussed and read of contemporary poets of that lineage. When her work first came to attention in the 1970s she was loosely associated with the avant-garde grouping known as the language writers, appearing in the influential anthology In the American Tree. She formed friendships with two prominent language writers, Charles Bernstein and Lyn Hejinian (the latter principally by correspondence). However, Howe’s work often looked out of place in this company and her later development shows her to have marked differences to many writers of that generation. Among these are a commitment to a dense and refactory version of lyric, to canonical …

Montgomery, William Peter George. "Susan Howe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2010
[, accessed 27 October 2016.]

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  1. LANGUAGE Poetry