by Marie Howe


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“Marie Howe’s poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life.”—Stanely Kunitz

Magdalene imagines the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene as a woman who embodies the spiritual and sensual, alive in a contemporary landscape—hailing a cab, raising a child, listening to news on the radio. Between facing the traumas of her past and navigating daily life, the narrator of Magdalene yearns for the guidance of her spiritual teacher, a Christ figure, whose death she continues to grieve. Erotic, spirited, and searching for meaning, she is a woman striving to be the subject of her own life, fully human and alive to the sacred in the mortal world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393285307
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 837,925
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marie Howe is the former poet laureate of New York and the author of three previous collections. Magdalene was longlisted for the National Book Award. Howe teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Before the Beginning 15

Magdalene-The Seven Devils 16

On Men, Their Bodies 22

How the Story Started 24

Thorns 25

The Affliction 26

The Split 30

What I Did Wrong 31

Magdalene on Romance 34

Magdalene: The Addict 36

Magdalene and the Interior Life 37

The Landing 39

Magdalene: The Woman Taken in Adultery 40

Magdalene, the Next Day 41

The Teacher 42

The Disciples 44

Magdalene on Gethsemane 46

Calvary 47

Magdalene Afterwards 48

Low Tide, Late August 52

The Adoption: When the Girl Arrived 55

The Girl at 3 56

Magdalene on Surrender 58

The Anima Alone 61

The News 62

Christmas Eve 64

Listening 66

Waiting at the River 68

The Teacher 69

Conversation: Dualism 71

Walking Home 72

Magdalene: Her Dream of Integration 74

Fourteen 75

After the Funeral 76

Adaptation 78

The Map 82

The Visit 83

Two Animals 85

October 86

Delivery 87

Magdalene at the Grave 90

What the Silence Says 92

Magdalene at the Theopoetics Conference 93

One Day 94

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