Literary Arts and Yale Union present
Friday, October 4th
925 SW Washington
Free and open to the public
Literary Arts and Yale Union are pleased to announce a free lecture by poet Susan Howe.
This lecture is a component of Susan Howe’s exhibition, TOM TIT TOT, at Yale Union, which runs from October 5through December 6.
Howe’s talk will feature plenty of know-how, but it won’t be an attempt to condition or explain her work. Rather it will articulate how her writing is an endeavor that inevitably leads to other writing, to libraries, archives, and neglected aspects of history. “I have dived through other people’s thoughts with footnotes for compasses and categories for quadrants. I have plagiarized sermons, memorial introductions, epitaphs, anagrams, epigrams, dictionaries here and elsewhere.” A trip to the archive can exert on Howe an influence that produces a concrete result only years later. “Thoreau went to the woods because he wished to live deliberately in order to give a true account in his next excursion. I go to libraries because they are the ocean.”* The evening will be thorough but won’t miss the dimension of mystery. Questions will follow the lecture.
Susan Howe has published a number of poetry books, landmarks of literary criticism, including Defenestration of Prague, and My Emily Dickinson, and three records with David Grubbs. Howe received the 2010 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She has been a Stanford Institute for Humanities Distinguished Fellow, as well as the Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American
Academy in Berlin. She taught for many years at the State University of New York-Buffalo, where she held the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities.