Magdalene: Poems

Marie Howe (Author)
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Description

Magdalene imagines the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene as a woman who embodies the spiritual and sensual, alive in a contemporary landscape--hailing a cab, raising a child, listening to news on the radio. Between facing the traumas of her past and navigating daily life, the narrator of Magdalene yearns for the guidance of her spiritual teacher, a Christ figure, whose death she continues to grieve. Erotic, spirited, and searching for meaning, she is a woman striving to be the subject of her own life, fully human and alive to the sacred in the mortal world.

Product Details

Price
$25.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 28, 2017
Pages
96
Dimensions
6.2 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393285307
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About the Author

Marie Howe is the former poet laureate of New York and the author of three previous collections. Magdalene was longlisted for the National Book Award. Howe teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.

Reviews

Each book of Marie Howe's is a singular accomplishment, but none is as wildly alive as this. How does she see with such devastating clarity? Or allow so much of 'what the living do' onto the page: avoidance, longing, tenderness, resentment and desire? What makes the engine go? The wry, knowing, seeking voice of Mary Magdalene, worn like the most transparent of masks. The experience of mothering a daughter, a long arc of love building its house in the years. Howe sweeps up a life and fixes it on the page, and stands here before us, the stunned and grateful witness of all that's taken and granted by love and time.--Mark Doty
Gorgeous, ferocious, lacerating, sexy, and profoundly compassionate. I could swear the book emitted light when I put it down on my bedside table and turned off the lamp.--Michael Cunningham
[A] smart, engrossing collection.
A radical simplicity and seriousness of purpose, along with a fearless interest in autobiography and its tragedies and redemptions, has always characterized the work of Marie Howe.
Marie Howe is magic. And in this book, her biggest magic trick is making the iconic biblical character, Mary Magdalene, both mystical and relatable, at once mythological and completely contemporary.
In her fourth collection, former New York poet laureate Howe creates a poignant portrait of contemporary womanhood through the persona of Mary Magdalene. . . . This newest collection aptly demonstrates Howe's wry, bittersweet talent. Highly recommended for all poetry collections.