Magdalene: Poems

Magdalene: Poems

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 deat...

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Title:Magdalene: Poems
Author:Marie Howe
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ISBN:0393285308
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:96 pages

Magdalene: Poems Reviews

  • Vincent Scarpa
    Sep 28, 2016
    I'd been anticipating this collection since hearing Marie Howe read from it at AWP, and it was well worth the wait. This book cements her as one of my very favorite poets, from whom I will read anything. “You know how it is something has to put a stick in the spoke to stop the wheel from spinni...
  • Kasey Jueds
    Jul 20, 2017
    Marie Howe is a wonderfully inspiring example of a poet who doesn't "produce" a lot (I once heard her say at a conference that she feels a responsibility to stick up for poets who write very slowly, since she's one of them), but whose published work is consistently wise, awake, and beautifully reali...
  • Elizabeth S
    Mar 16, 2017
    I bought this book at tonight's poetry reading--and devoured it in one sitting. Intense, lyrical interpretation of the women who are us. ...
  • Robert Vaughan
    Apr 26, 2017
    Magnificence. Brilliance. Simplicity. Honesty. Love. One of my favorite poets, and her masterpiece....
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 11, 2017
    Raw with longing and a hope for guidance, these poems speak to challenges women face in life, relationships and as mothers. The poet imagines a modern-day Mary Magdalene who looks to a Christ-like figure for purpose. Clear voiced, vividly portrayed, and beautiful, this poetry collection was a joy to...
  • Jim Coughenour
    May 23, 2017
    Over the last year I've tossed several lauded little books aside, irritated by their obsession with their own pain, exclusion, marginality – in poetry as in conversation, that is not enough. A poem, particularly a poem about personal misery, requires craft, vision and humor. In her new book of ...
  • Rachel Davies
    May 24, 2017
    one of the best poets...
  • Eva Silverman
    Jun 05, 2017
    stunning. sometimes i don't feel as connected to poetry as i do to prose, but this book showed that poetry can let a narrative unfold in a unique, rewarding way. these poems are all interconnected and tell the story of a life dexterously, shedding light on the small details and the big revelations t...
  • Linda
    May 27, 2017
    Marie Howe's stunningly crafted collection hangs on the persona of Mary Magdalene, but speaks universally about how complex and flawed and divine we are as humans. The poems bleed a range of emotions. Their ordering is flawless. As reviewer Michael Cunningham says in the book jacket: "...I could swe...
  • Stephen Lamb
    Jun 11, 2017
    From The TeacherCan the body love beyond hunger?You tell me what you know of desire and surrender.----These lines work as a good summation of the themes Howe ponders in her fourth collection. I'm glad to have read it, and will be sitting with these poems for a long while.I'll treasure this book, par...