“As one of the country's leading experimental poets... Howe knows that there is a 'war-whoop in each dusty narrative' and words have the power to emancipate a person from the manacles of one's false self; they have the power to connect the present with the past and form with content.”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."