Magdalene: Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.0 X 0.2 X 8.2 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Marie Howe is the former poet laureate of New York. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets, she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
A smart, engrossing collection.... Readers of any religious background will find much that seems familiar in the modern-day everywoman who sees herself in the faces of a woman wearing a burka, a woman who longs for children and one who hails a taxi wearing a black suit and high heels.
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 these powerful and accessible poems, Howe advocates nothing so narrow as a particular religious faith; instead, she seems to argue, loving the world, in spite and because of suffering, is life's great risk, and its reward.
A poignant portrait of contemporary womanhood.... This newest collection aptly demonstrates the particular strengths of Howe's wry, bittersweet talent.
Each book of Marie Howe's is a singular accomplishment, but none is as wildly alive as this.... 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