What the Living Do by Marie Howe

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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 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).

About Marie Howe

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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.
Published April 17, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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And now, they know me and don't bark""), but it is her pauses over near photographic images, as in the close of ""Reunion,"" that provide solace: ""The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be/ slows to silence,// and the room steps back and stands there--/ the white cotton curtains hanging ...

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