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Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker


Susan Howe (Author)

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Part of our revived "Poetry Pamphlet Series", Sorting Facts is Susan Howe’s masterful meditation on the filmmaker Chris Marker, whose film stills are interspersed throughout.

An excerpt:

Sorting word-facts I only know an apparition. Scribble grammar
has no neighbor. In the name of reason I need to record something
because I am a survivor in this ocean.


“One way of understanding Sorting Facts as it appears in this cultural moment — though surely different times and subsequent readings will fade certain colors and deepen others — is as a premonitory exegesis of this registration of the fact of Marker’s death. And so to encounter the essay now is to see in it a memory of the future: a premonition of an annotation.” — Rebecca Ariel Porte, The Los Angeles Review of Books

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