Selected by Margaret Atwood as a winner in the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, this unique collection was the first sounding of ...Show synopsisSelected by Margaret Atwood as a winner in the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, this unique collection was the first sounding of a deeply authentic voice. Ms. Howe's early writings concern relationship, attachment, and loss, in a highly original search for personal transcendence. Many of the thirty-four poems in The Good Thief appeared in such prestigious journals and periodicals as The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Agni Review, and The Partisan Review.Hide synopsis
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One of my favorite things about Howe's writing, particularly present in this book, is to make the everyday and the ordinary magical. This does not mean "happy ending," however. Howe investigates the darker side of fairy tales and the mystical or confounding of the day to day. Her language is spare, but it shimmers.
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