Marie Howe’s newest collection of poetry, Magdalene, imagines the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene as a living woman in the modern world. As she lives out an ordinary urban life, she also enacts the trauma of the religious and mythical figure she represents. Nick Flynn says, “Marie Howe has always come as close as any poet since Rilke to touching eternity, simply by stretching out her hand and believing that something exists beyond her grasp, beyond her knowing. Here, with Magdalene, she somehow goes even deeper, into what it is to both be alive and a manifestation of the divine. I am, once again, in awe of her powers, at their fullest here.” Marie Howe is the former poet laureate of New York and the author of The Good Thief, What the Living Do, and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time.