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Free Verse: Susan Howe and David Grubbs



Language and sound art mix as poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs present their work live onstage. The pair joined forces on two projects, Theifth and Souls of the Labadie Tract, described as “neither traditional recitation nor music-with-words … in Howe’s imagination, the past becomes a very current stake, [and] Grubbs’ sonic architecture is a striking accompaniment to the text” (Artforum). Howe is renowned for her deft layering of history and myth in numerous books of poems, including Souls of the Labadie Tract and The Nonconformist’s Memorial, as well as the critical studies The Birth-Mark and My Emily Dickinson. “Words are artifacts Howe arranges and rearranges, fighting the impulse to impose order on a chaotic historical record” (Rain Taxi). Grubbs, a cofounder of three musical groups (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, and Gastr del Sol), has releaseed 10 solo records. A frequent collaborator with writers artists, and filmmakers, he has also recorded with the Red Krayola and the Wingdale Community Singers. Co presented with Rain Taxi Review of Books