Howe, Marie: New and Selected Poems

Howe, Marie: New and Selected Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover

Publication Date: April 2, 2024

Publisher Marketing: Characterized by "a radical simplicity and seriousness of purpose, along with a fearless interest in autobiography and its tragedies and redemptions" (Matthew Zapruder, New York Times Magazine), Marie Howe's poetry transforms penetrating observations of everyday life into sacred, humane miracles. This essential volume draws from each of Howe's four previous collections-- including What the Living Do (1997), a haunting archive of personal loss, and the National Book Award-longlisted Magdalene (2017), a spiritual and sensual exploration of contemporary womanhood--and contains more than fifteen new poems. Whether speaking in the voice of the goddess Persephone or thinking about aging while walking the dog, Howe is "a light-bearer, an extraordinary poet of our human sorrow and ordinary joy" (Dorianne Laux).

From "The Maples"
Stand still. I thought to myself ever distracted, always in a hurry
learn to stand there--if only for one minute
--drinking light and breathing.