Poetry Book Club: What the Living Do by Marie Howe


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Informed by the death of a beloved brother, here are the stories of childhood, its thicket of sex and sorrow and joy, boys and girls growing into men and women, stories of a brother who in his dying could teach how to be most alive. What the Living Do reflects "a new form of confessional poetry, one shared to some degree by other women poets such as Sharon Olds and Jane Kenyon. Unlike the earlier confessional poetry of Plath, Lowell, Sexton et al., Howe's writing is not so much a moan or a shriek as a song. It is a genuinely feminine form . . . a poetry of intimacy, witness, honesty, and relation" (Boston Globe).

"Marie Howe's poetry is luminous, intense, eloquent, rooted in abundant inner life."
― Stanley Kunitz

"Marie Howe has reinvented the elegy as a poem for the living, a poem of instruction, how we're educated by grief. Scrupulously attentive, rigorously self-questioning, What the Living Do is an achievement of remarkable power."
― Mark Doty

"The tentative transformation of agonizing, slow-motion loss into redemption is Howe's signal achievement in this wrenching second collection, which uncovers new potential for the personal poem."
― Publishers Weekly, starred review


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ISBN: 9780393318869
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1999

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Monday, August 15, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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