Howe’s images, being historical as well as biographical, have the eerie shading of ghosts half-believed-in, giving…a surreal, dreamlike atmosphere reminiscent of Borges at his sharpest.

Kirkus Reviews

The Europe Of Trusts

Poetry by Susan Howe

The Europe of Trusts contains three brilliant, long-unavailable books which Susan Howe first published in the early 1980s: The Liberties, Pythagorean Silence, and Defenestration of Prague. These are the landmark 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 foremost experimental writers” (Publishers Weekly). “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?’”

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Paperback (published April 1, 2002)

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Susan Howe

American poet and essayist

Howe’s images, being historical as well as biographical, have the eerie shading of ghosts half-believed-in, giving…a surreal, dreamlike atmosphere reminiscent of Borges at his sharpest.

Kirkus Reviews

Now a subtle blend, now a violent collision of poetry and scholarship…Howe is staking everything on the venture that theory and practice, artifice and application, are perpetually and messily entwined. It is a proposition that seems self-evident, and at the same time seldom in evidence.

—Brian Lemmon, The Boston Review

As one of the country’s leading experimental poets…Howe knows that there is a “war-whoop in each dusty narrative” and words have the power to emancipate a person from the manacles of one’s false self; they have the power to connect the present with the past and form with content.

Magill’s Literary Annual

Howe’s images, being historical as well as biographical, have the eerie shadowing of ghosts half-believed in, giving … a surreal, dream-like atmosphere reminiscent of Borges at his sharpest.

Kirkus Reviews

As one of the country’s leading experimental poets… Howe knows that there is a ‘war-whoop in each dusty narrative’ and words have the power to emancipate a person from the manacles of one’s false self; they have the power to connect the present with the past and form with content.

Magill’s Literary Annual