What the Living Do: Poemsby Marie Howe
Pub. Date: 04/17/1999
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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
"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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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
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.