What the Living Do: Poems

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"A deeply beautiful book, with the fierce galloping pace of a great novel."—Liz Rosenberg Boston Globe
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 ...
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Overview

"A deeply beautiful book, with the fierce galloping pace of a great novel."—Liz Rosenberg Boston Globe
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).
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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The love in this book is tangible and redemptive.”
Memphis Commercial Appeal
“Her verse is almost unornamented though she manages some great gift of will and expression to convey the sharpest feeling in long, graceful lines that seem to breathe on the page.... Despite the fathomless pain inherent in these poems, Howe never succumbs to sentimentality or self-pity; her tone is passionate yet detached, her vocabulary and imagery evocative, appropriate, and devastating.”
Providence Sunday Journal
“Howe is a truth-teller of the first order. Fearless in presenting unfiltered experiences, she interweaves her simple, economical language into long, subordinated sentences, loose, enjambed couplets that spill compellingly down the page with near-invisible artistry.”
Stanley Kunitz
“Marie Howe's poetry is luminous, intense, eloquent, rooted in abundant inner life.”
Mark Doty
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393318869
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/17/1999
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 184,541
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Howe 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.
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Table of Contents

The Boy 15
Sixth Grade 16
The Fort 18
From My Father's Side of the Bed 20
Buying the Baby 21
Practicing 23
The Mother 25
In the Movies 26
The Attic 28
Beth 30
The Fruit Cellar 32
The Copper Beech 34
The Game 35
The Girl 37
The Dream 38
For Three Days 41
Just Now 43
A Certain Light 44
How Some of It Happened 46
Rochester, New York, July 1989 48
The Last Time 50
Without Music 51
Pain 52
Faulkner 53
The Promise 54
The Cold Outside 55
The Grave 56
The Gate 58
One of the Last Days 59
Late Morning 63
Wanting a Child 64
Tulips 65
Watching Television 66
The Dream 68
More 69
Separation 70
The Bird 71
Prayer 73
Two or Three Times 75
Reunion 76
The Kiss 77
Yesterday 79
Memorial 80
My Dead Friends 84
The Visit 85
The New Life 86
What the Living Do 89
Buddy 91
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    I did not want to stop reading this beautiful book

    For months I carried What the Living Do around to share Marie Howe's poems with friends They evoke smiles, tears and quiet nods of recognition and love of human imperfection Yes read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

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    A remarkable collection of poetry

    I had never heard of Marie Howe until a couple of summers ago when someone shared one of her poems with me. Then I read "What the Living Do" and realized that she is a true master. I have never felt a piece of writing as deeply as I did this collection of poems. It's remarkable how deeply Marie Howe looks into her soul and the souls of others and how bravely she writes about what she finds there. Certainly worth every cent I paid for the book. Worth much, much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Read it!

    I have met marie howe and she is as honest and down to earth as her book. it had and almost shocking type of realism and was very different from the other poetry books i've read. Her book was very much a personal narrative of her life and the lives that intertwined wth hers. i especially enjoyed the poem, how some of it happened, and have even memorized it to share with my writing class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    ※ Secret Passages ~ Liv ※

    Secret passages lead you,
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    To where you need to go,
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    And if you are silent,
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    No one will know.
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    Ever whisper,
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    Is turned to a scream,
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    Every shadow seems to stare,
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    The comfort of companionship,
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    Is not there.
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    Every squeak of the shoe,
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    Every creak of the stairs,
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    Is heard through the lonliness,
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    In the secret passage.
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    Hope you likey! ~Liv

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