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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Signature Books; 1 edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560852224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560852223
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

 Susan Elizabeth Howe teaches creative writing, contemporary American poetry, and British literature at Brigham Young University. Her poems have appeared in Prairie SchoonerSouthern ReviewPoetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Stone Spirits, won the Publication Prize of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, then Best Poetry Award from the Association for Mormon Letters. She is co-editor of Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women and has seen two of her plays performed locally.

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This book of poetry grapples with big issues in a thoughtful way, bringing new insights as only the best poetry can do. Howe's use of language is often eye-opening. The breadth of subject matter is remarkable. The language reaches the reader deeply.
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By Scott Abbott on September 5, 2013
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I just read Susan Howe's new book of poetry, Salt--for the second time. It is a remarkable exploration of love and death and sex and marriage and aging and God and salt--not necessarily in that order and not neatly separated by conjunctions. The characters include a petrified fetus and an amorous boa constrictor and caged turkeys and god-like horses and very male Irish ghosts and Tarahumaran dogs and orphaned lambs. The dilemmas range from what to do with the poet's body when she dies to how to love a man post-prostate-cancer news to the chill of violence to the loss of a husband to compensations for aged obesity. The resolutions, such as they are given the complexities of the problems, may well be summed up by the last stanza of "The Law of Salt":
And yet the sprinkled tomato, blood
In our bodies, the taste
Of sex, all remnants of God.
We eat death as we eat salt.
It's a wise book, spiced with good humor and wry inevitability.
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