• What the Living Do

  • Poems
  • By: Marie Howe
  • Narrated by: Marie Howe
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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What the Living Do

By: Marie Howe
Narrated by: Marie Howe
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Publisher's Summary

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).

This audio edition of What the Living Do is beautifully read by the author. 

Cover photograph: Song of Sentient Beings (1134) by Bill Jacobson (1994), used with permission.

©1998 Marie Howe (P)2021 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

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

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