Marie Howe

Magdalene at the Theopoetics Conference

Yes, the scholar said, but why ask your students

to write these close observations?

What use is it to notice the rusted drainpipe?

The young woman asleep in the library

her hand resting on her folded arms?

Why should they look inside the petals of the purple tulip

to the yellow pollen-coated stamen?

Or under their beds to where the dust has collected?