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BED HANGINGS Susan Howe and Susan Bee

Let me wax enthusiastical about a new and perfect match of genius between quaintness and postmoderni- ty ... these learned delights are a lyric romp appropriate to any bedding and bedside and a lot beside. Hooray!

  • Mary Ann Caws

In Bed Hangings, poet Susan Howe and artist Susan Bee collaborate for the first time. This series of poems explores the themes of colonial America and its decorative arts, religion and Puritanism through a visual and verbal investigation of the metaphysics of beds, curtains and hangings. The poems and pictures play off against each other in a humorous, mystical and sometimes mischievous manner.

SUSAN HOWE is the author of several books of poems and two volumes of criticism. Her most recent poetry collections are Pierce-Arrow (1999), Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996), The Nonconformist’s Memorial (1993)all published by New Directions—and The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (Sun & Moon, 1990). Her books of criticism are The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (Wesleyan University Press 1993), and My Emily Dickinson (North Atlantic, 1985). Since 1989 she has been a professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000. R E V I S I O N I S T w o r k i n h i s t o r i c i n t e r i o r s s p r e a d f r o m H o u s e t o M u s e u m SUSAN BEE is a painter and book artist living in NYC. A solo exhi- bition of her work was held at the A.I.R. Gallery in Soho during the spring of 2000. She has pre- viously created a visual counter- text for poems in several collab- orations published by Granary Books: Log Rhythms and Little Orphan Anagram (with Charles Bernstein) and A Girl’s Life (with Johanna Drucker). O t h e r d o c u m e n t a r y e v i d e n c e F r i e n d s w h o w i s h t o r e m a i n a n o n y m o u s —from Bed Hangings

Artists’ Books/Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-47-4 • $14.95 PB • 7" x 10" • 48 pp


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