- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393285308
- ISBN-13: 978-0393285307
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Marie Howe writes poems with a clarity that approaches sunlight, shining her gaze into underlit places. . . . Howe’s gift is to render ordinary moments as bright epiphanies. Magdalene resounds with insight, a book for the ages.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“[A] smart, engrossing collection.”
- Washington Post
“A radical simplicity and seriousness of purpose, along with a fearless interest in autobiography and its tragedies and redemptions, has always characterized the work of Marie Howe.”
- New York Times Magazine
“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.”
- The Rumpus
“In her fourth collection, former New York poet laureate Howe creates a poignant portrait of contemporary womanhood through the persona of Mary Magdalene. . . . This newest collection aptly demonstrates Howe's wry, bittersweet talent. Highly recommended for all poetry collections.”
- Library Journal, starred review
“Marie Howe is among our most gifted poets of trauma and healing, and of where the everyday encounters the world of the sacred. In Magdalene, Howe raises the ante. She now channels the ‘woman taken in adultery’ of New Testament legend, and she is also her questing self, lover and mother, risen to the exaltation of the possible.”
- Alicia Ostriker, author of The Book of Seventy
“Each book of Marie Howe’s is a singular accomplishment, but none is as wildly alive as this. How does she see with such devastating clarity? Or allow so much of ‘what the living do’ onto the page: avoidance, longing, tenderness, resentment and desire? What makes the engine go? The wry, knowing, seeking voice of Mary Magdalene, worn like the most transparent of masks. The experience of mothering a daughter, a long arc of love building its house in the years. 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
“Gorgeous, ferocious, lacerating, sexy, and profoundly compassionate. I could swear the book emitted light when I put it down on my bedside table and turned off the lamp.”
- Michael Cunningham
“Marie Howe has always come as close as any poet since Rilke to touching eternity, simply by stretching out her hand and believing that something exists beyond her grasp, beyond her knowing. Here, with Magdalene, she somehow goes even deeper, into what it is to both be alive and a manifestation of the divine. I am, once again, in awe of her powers, at their fullest here.”
- Nick Flynn
About the Author
Marie Howe, former poet laureate of New York, is the author of The Good Thief, What the Living Do, and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.