What Belongs to Us Summary
Marie Howe

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What Belongs to Us Summary

"What Belongs to Us" is included in Marie Howe's first book, The Good Thief (1988), which Margaret Atwood picked for the National Poetry Series Award in 1987. In twenty long free-verse lines, the poem lists things that people can never really own, including phone numbers, memories, other people, the past and, ironically, their own pain. Howe's primary theme is the transitory nature of human life, the idea that "all things must pass." Rather than making abstract...

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