The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems

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by Marie Howe
     
 

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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: “Thought-provoking, poignant, brutal, amusing, and always beautiful.”—Elizabeth BergSee more details below

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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: “Thought-provoking, poignant, brutal, amusing, and always beautiful.”—Elizabeth Berg

Editorial Reviews

Austin Chronicle
“A lovely, clearheaded collection.”
Booklist
“An avid eye for the glint of gold.”
Washington Post Book World
“In Marie Howe's new collection... we delve into the connection between regular life and the intensified life inspired by revelation.”
Library Journal

Howe's new poetry collection shines with the heightened clarity that often accompanies great loss. The language is conversational, but it's a conversation that keeps going after the mind is tired, with startling insights, hints of danger, and uncharacteristic wit. In "Reading Ovid," for example, the classical poet becomes "a guy who knows how to tell a story about people who/ really don't believe in the Golden Rule," leading the speaker/wife "to fantasize saying to the man I married, 'You know/ that hamburger you just/ gobbled down with relish and mustard? It was your truck.'/ If only to watch understanding take his face/ like the swan-god took the girl." Howe's remarkable poems help us to grasp the nature of narrative itself, as a ritual offering and a way to stop time, or at least to try. In one called "Why the Novel Is Necessary but Sometimes Hard To Read," the speaker describes a common reading experience: "you have to learn the names-you have to suffer not knowing anything about anyone/ and slowly come to understand who each of them is, or who each of them imagines themselves to be." Highly recommended for university and public libraries.-Sue Russell, Bryn Mawr, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393337341
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
196,697
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

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