The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (Paperback)


By Marie Howe

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393337341, 80pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/17/1999)
Hardcover (11/17/1997)
Hardcover (3/17/2008)

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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: “Thought-provoking, poignant, brutal, amusing, and always beautiful.”—Elizabeth Berg

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 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.

Praise For The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems

Howe is a careful and soulful alchemist. She makes metaphor matter and material metaphysical. She becomes magic with her transforming perspective that is part mother, part muscle, part music, part mind. This book has the amazing thing that Howe always seems to pull off: the miracle.

In Marie Howe's new collection... we delve into the connection between regular life and the intensified life inspired by revelation.

A lovely, clearheaded collection.

An avid eye for the glint of gold.

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