"Howe's ear almost becomes Dickinson's, hearing each musical phrase and its hesitancy as fierce intention and mindful resistance. Her reading is alarming, and thrilling, in its implications for academic scholarship. It will change our perceptions of Dickinson's language utterly."
-Kathleen Fraser, Editor, HOW(ever)
"My Emily Dickinson
is one of our seminal works of creative scholarship. It bears much the same relationship to a consciousness of American language and speech as Williams' In the American Grain did in its own time. Howe's book can be viewed as a tracing of a spiritual impulse from Jonathan Edwards through Emily Dickinson to the present. It is at once a deeply insightful feminist document and a reaction against superficial feminist readings of Dickinson's work."
-Michael Palmer, author of First Figure
About the Author
Susan Howe is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Western Borders
, Pythagorean Silence
, and Defenestration of Prague
. She was the recipient of the American Books Award for Poetry from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1981. Born in Boston, Howe now lives with her husband and son in Guilford, Connecticut; she has a grown daughter who is a painter in New York City.