The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems

Marie Howe / Jun 04, 2020

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time Poems 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

  • Title: The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems
  • Author: Marie Howe
  • ISBN: 9780393041996
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 periods that are not apparently miraculous

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      • Marie Howe

        Born in Rochester, New York, Marie Howe attended Sacred Heart Convent School and the University of Windsor She received an MFA from Columbia University, where she studied with Stanley Kunitz, whom she refers to as my true teacher Howe has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and NYU She co edited with Michael Klein the essay anthology In the Company of My Solitude American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic 1994 She has received fellowships from the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.


    1. The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, Marie Howe, 68pp. We need more poetry, all of us. Buy this little book.My Mother's BodyBless my mother's body, the first song of her beatingheart and her breathing, her voice, which I could dimly hear,grew louder. From inside her body I heard almost every word she said.Within that girl I drove to the store and back, her feet pressingthe pedals of the blue-car, her voice, first gate to the cold sunny mornings,rain, moonlight, snow fall, dogsHer kidneys failed, the wo [...]

    2. This was the first collection of Howe's that I've read and she's immediately leapt onto my list of favorite poets. The ultimate compliment I can give these poems is that I wish I wrote them; Howe's style is both accessible and sophisticated and her subject matter is TRULY the Kingdom of Ordinary time. She is obsessed with finding the sacred in the profane, or moreover, eliminating the very CATEGORY of profane time and experience. Errands are holy, caring for her ailing mother is communion, and h [...]

    3. "My life was a story, dry as pages. Seems like he should have known/enough to like them even lightly with his thumb/ But he didn't. /And I have to admit I didn't much like the idea/of telling him how." What an awesome heartwrenching collection of poems. Marie Howe is the single most amazing contemporary poet working today. I say that with the assertion that only the most uneducated can have. I say that because I don't know enough, I only know that it is true. Did I love this as much as "What the [...]

    4. Marie Howe is such a talented poet, and all the same I guess I itch at the lulling of white-christian-hetero poetry. I'm a horrible reader for it: she mentions being at a park with her daughter and I instantly shut off.But I connected at moments when Howe allows for something rougher to peek through, like in the poem "Non-violence." Maybe my favorite was "What the Woman Said," which begins:I don't want to offend anybody but I never did likefucking all that much.And ends:I want to tell you everyt [...]

    5. Another book that I came to through browsing actual books on actual shelves. I wouldn't have picked up Marie Howe but--hey!--I did. And she made me cry in the bathtub and that's usually a good thing and it was.

    6. Really substantial and magically colloquial--I eased into these poems thinking thinking I had read this stuff before, many times over. But it's one of the few poetry books I've ended up reading straight through. It's all in the title. It's there--you'll find it.

    7. Three and a half stars? But worth the price of purchase for "Hurry" which, if not subtle, made me cry for like a full five minutes.

    8. I heard an interview which Krista Tippett (host of Speaking of Faith / On Being radio shows on NPR) did with Marie Howe and I became intrigued with her story and I got to hear some of her poems and her approach to the craft of being a poet. I immediately went to my local bookstore, the Literary Bookpost, and bought a copy of the only Marie Howe book of poems they had on their shelves, "The Kingdom of Ordinary Time".I read these poems virtually non-stop, cover-to-cover, in one sitting and I've re [...]

    9. The cover of Howe’s third collection of poems is decorated with a watercolor by her daughter Grace Yi-Nan Howe and one Alex Ross. The painting has a fried egg of a sun shining over a landscape of green, purple, brown and red triangles and squares, with what look like letter T’s and I’s providing fences and trees, and maybe a couple of A’s. It’s a pleasing, vibrant, child’s view landscape threatened by a fury of scrabbled colors, reds, brown, grey filling the painting’s right side l [...]

    10. I am not ordinarily a poetry person. But I fell in love with Marie Howe's work. Our book club read "The Kingdom of Ordinary Time". It was a discovery for me. Her poetry is made of ordinary life eventsg things like the death of your mother and a brother and little things like walking down the street and seeing your reflection in a store window. This is what brought it home to me personally was so like life. "Poetry", says Howe, "happens in the silences." To me her work happens in the mixing of ti [...]

    11. Her language is very ordinary and carries in it a very subtle surprise, especially when it does its delicate wondering about the character of Mary, giving her a halo of ordinariness. Interesting how nonspecific much of the language is -- but the unspecifics are well placed so that they're open but not vague, like that line in Bishop's "Fish," in the midst of such incredible specificity, when she describes the fishes eyes: "It was more like the tipping/ of an object toward the light." Like the la [...]

    12. I still liked some of the poems in this, but the book as a whole is not as good as her other two.I thought the best ones were about her daughter. Some of the poems in this book were very focused and strong, but most of the poems were not as intense as her poetry usually is. A lot of the poems would start somewhere and end somewhere else. Great poems take the reader on a trip, but a lot of these poems brought me somewhere and I didn't know how I got there, or how it was related to the beginning. [...]

    13. I'm studying modern women poets and what better teacher than the work of Marie Howe. I admire how she is able to re-examine religious and spiritual concepts that I learned as a child and give them back to me refined, renewed, and refurbished. Some of the poems ("The Massacre," for instance) address brutal subject matter with such intimacy that my breath quickened and a surge of adrenaline pumped through my blood. I loved "What the Woman Said" and "Hurry," poems that are direct hits regarding per [...]

    14. While many of these poems start with observation of the every day world, that is just the starting point for the journey they take into the life of the spirit. The turns of thought and language of some of these poems made me shiver."The people Jesus loved were shopping at the Star Market yesterday./An old lead-colored man standing next to me at the checkout/ breathed so heavily I had to step back a few steps." "The Star Market""This is the life you have written," the novel tells us. "What happen [...]

    15. I really liked the poems in this book. They're really odd poems but very moving. The whole book went by very quickly.May 2015: Hey, so I read this back in 2010! Other than a few poems towards the end, I didn't remember it, but I did note in my 2010 review that "the whole book went by very quickly" so maybe that's why. Anyway, I was looking for poetry that would really move me; I've been reading a lot of poetry lately but it's not necessarily getting to my heart, and I thought this might since th [...]

    16. I found a lot to love here. Definitely want to read more by this author.Favorites:Prayer: "My days and nights pour through me like complaints / and become a story I forgot to tell."Courage: "What happens is that when you get older you / get braver. / Then he pauses and looks at me, Are you brave?"Non-violence: "Justice before love, I'd say years later. What I meant was justice was love."What the Woman Said: "I was watching me, and I was someone else who / looked like she was having a good time." [...]

    17. Marie Howe has some subtle kind of magic. Her language is straightforward, unassuming; you only vaguely feel the current of feeling gaining speed before it bursts wide open. The poems about her daughter warm my heart, while never being remotely precious. Even the spiritual searching, which I typically have little patience for, is so understated and so of a piece with all the other anxieties and wry pleasures of the speaker it's human, nondenominational. Love Marie Howe, love this book. Not sure [...]

    18. Wow. I didn't think it was possible for me to feel as strongly about this book as I did about her previous one, What The Living Do, which is one of my poetry all-time faves. But I ended up just loving it, and appreciating (all over again) the mixture of the everyday (giving her kid a bath, buying bananas) and the spiritual (for lack of a better world) that dwells inside the quotidian and which is sometimes visible, sometimes not. The way the poems move between the two, and between a chatty sort [...]

    19. I really liked some of these poems, but some seemed kind of flat, which makes me ask, "Why is this poetry?" Some of it sounds like thoughts about what just happened in "I just went to the store and at the store" etct very poetic.But I'm looking forward to talking about it in book club.

    20. My favorite Marie Howe collection so far (still have to get to What the Living Do). Poems that left me thinking, that returned in odd moments during the day to get me thinking again.

    21. I found this a very powerful book, unusual in that many of the poems have spiritual themes but written in a subtle, revelatory way.

    22. I loved What the Living Do and The Good Thief. I was so excited to begin this book, but it definitely fell short of my expectations.

    23. I think Marie Howe might be my favorite poet, or favorite living poet at the very least. I never want her collections to end. I want to live in them, and enjoy their sadness. I want her to write poems about my life, to see my history in her words. It is all so beautiful.

    24. Several of these poems made me reread them, but the majority of these slice-of-life lyrics ands narratives just made left me asking "so what?" Howe is a good poet, but this book isn't her best.

    25. Favorite poems are - After the Movie, Why the Novel is Necessary But Sometimes Hard to Read (***), and What We Would Give Up (***).

    26. poetry. just beginning my foray into this format. My limited understanding is like art, shouldn't dissect or analyse but feel the emotions. Which definitely i did.

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