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The Difficulties
  • The Difficulties

    Susan Howe.


    Kent: Viscerally Press, 1989. Quarto. Perfect bound white paper wraps, two tiny stubs affecting the bottom of the wraps and text block, corners very slightly blunted, else fine. 119 pages. First edition, the editor's address written in pencil below his name on the title page. Near fine.  


    Volume 3, Number 2. The Susan Howe Issue. Modeled on magazines like Cid Corman's Origin, Tom Beckett's THE DIFFICULTIES derived its title from an observation made by Charles Olson during a 1962 talk in Cortland, "You know, we live in a time which is very easy itself," and a line from the third of his Songs of Maximus: "the blessing/ that difficulties are once more." Six issues were published by Viscerally Press between 1980 and 1989, this being the last installment, with Beckett signing off in the final pages. Howe is a Bollingen Prize recipient. Her work is often associated with the term postmodernism, which meant something when she first crashed onto the scene, but at this point fails to encapsulate the power and scope of her work.  


    "Must lie outside the house

    Side of space I must cross


    To write against the Ghost."

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