Marie Howe Poems

Marie Howe is a contemporary American poet who was born in Rochester, New York. She attended Columbia University, from which she graduated with an MFA. Her first collection of poetry was published in 1988, entitled The Good Thief. It was chosen for the National Poetry Series. 

What the Living Do

by Marie Howe

‘What the Living Do’ by Marie Howe is a beautiful poem about contemporary life. Throughout, the speaker defines what it is the living do. 

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