Susan Howe's inventive, form-breaking style feels as fresh and necessary as ever in Debths, her most recent collection. At moments it is surprisingly rhythmic and tied to meter, but the stand-outs here are Howe's signature imaged-based poems drawn from archival materials. The physical beauty of the poems are enough to make this function as an art book, but the text is so rich that it deserves to be pored over. — From James
A collection in five parts, Susan Howe's electrifying new book opens with a preface by the poet that lays out some of Debths' inspirations: the art of Paul Thek, the Isabella Stewart Gardner collection, and early American writings; and in it she also addresses memory's threads and galaxies, "the rule of remoteness," and "the luminous story surrounding all things noumenal."
Following the preface are four sections of poetry: "Titian Air Vent," "Tom Tit Tot" (her newest collage poems), "Periscope," and "Debths." As always with Howe, Debths brings "a not-being-in-the-no."