Susan Howe
Contributor History

Susan Howe’s books of poetry include The Europe of Trusts: Selected PoemsPierce-Arrow, and The Midnight (all New Directions). She has also authored several books of literary criticism, My Emily Dickinson (North Atlantic Books) and The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (Wesleyan). 



In Print

Vol. 73
Earth Elegies
Fall 2019
Edited by Bradford Morrow


March 31, 2020
in the pharmacy of the child
one used a hopscotch stone
a jacket zipper one’s tongue
the sharper tongue of a friend
anything to get one’s soft skin back
March 17, 2020

Because he could picture himself curled up on the shelf of the refrigerator between the bread and the light.


Because he stared up at the sprinkler attachment and thought of it as a metal flower.
March 10, 2020
Mears takes your name. As soon as you say it, he speaks it in quick echo, and it is now his and no longer yours. We don’t know what he does with it or what it does for him, but we do know what happens to those he pilfers.