Book Club Pick: Magdalene by Marie Howe Review

Review written by staff member Lauren Wilson

This month our pick was Magdalene by Marie Howe. I have to say I was very excited to read this collection, and immediately started doing so when it arrived in the mail. 
I wish I could say that it lived up to my expectations. But sadly it fell short. The poetry wasn’t really that stunning, it was trying to follow a theme that wasn’t well explained, it was poorly formatted (double spaced poems throughout the ENTIRE book, what?), and it was just overall lackluster. 

I really wanted this collection to be good, it showed such promise and had high reviews. Someone like Mary Magdalene has been done in poetry thousands of times, and Howe’s collection just didn’t really stand out. 
In April we’ll be reading Brute by Emily Skaja, you can find it here:;jsessionid=D5DB3DF511BF140DA90D33FAFA4E8442.prodny_store02-atgap01?ean=9781555978358&st=AFF&2sid=Graywolf%20Press_8851745_NA&sourceId=AFFGraywolf%20Press

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