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What the Living Do by Marie Howe
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Apr 11, 09

bookshelves: contemporary-poetry, poetry-1990s
Read in March, 2009

I am fascinated by the way this method of elegy, I'll call it the lyric narrative, where snapshots accumulate to give us the long drawn out pathos central to this book, is so incredibly moving. I read Rankine's The End of the Alphabet around the same time, and I remember thinking to myself how each one uses its own style to push towards an honesty that can most accurately describe what it was like for the speaker to live through trauma. Howe uses a chronology, remarking on specific and resonant moments to make us understand the much larger concern.
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