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Magdalene: Poems
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Magdalene: Poems

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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.

Title:Magdalene: Poems
ISBN:0393285308
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:80 pages
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    Magdalene: Poems Reviews

  • 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,...

  • 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 anythi...

  • Robert Vaughan
    Apr 26, 2017

    Magnificence. Brilliance. Simplicity. Honesty. Love. One of my favorite poets, and her masterpiece....

  • Rachel Davies
    May 24, 2017

    one of the best poets...

  • 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 fig...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Julia
    Jun 12, 2017

    There are a lot of pieces in here that stick with you. A few of my favorites:"The Anima Alone""On Men, Their Bodies""Magdalene and the Interior Life""Waiting at the River""Adaptation""The Visit""Octob...