The Kingdom of Ordinary Time

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The Kingdom of Ordinary Time

By Marie Howe

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393337341, 68pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

Hurrying through errands, attending a dying mother, helping her own child down the playground slide, the speaker in these poems wonders: what is the difference between the self and the soul? The secular and the sacred? Where is the kingdom of heaven? And how does one live in Ordinary Time during those apparently unmiraculous periods of everyday trouble and joy?

About 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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