By Marie Ponsot
Depart it to the smooth Marie Ponsot, now in her overdue eighties, to view her lifestyles in poetry as easeful. As she tells us, considering what stones can listen, "Between silence and sound / we're balancing darkness, / making mild of it." during this celebratory assortment, Ponsot makes mild, in either senses, of all she touches, and her excitement in delivering those overdue poems is infectious. After greater than a part century at her craft, she describes her poetic personal tastes unpretentiously therefore: "no fruity words, simply unspun / phrases trued correct towards a pleasant / suggestion, for chaser. True's a possibility. / Take it I say. Do real for fun."
Ponsot is accepting of what has come, no matter if it's a joyous reminiscence of her second-grade instructor in a brand new York public college or the sensation of being "Orphaned Old," much less fortunate in existence for the reason that her mom and dad died. She holds herself to the top usual: to work out in actual fact, to imagine, to deal openhandedly and openheartedly with the realm, to "Go to a marriage / as to a funeral: / bury the loss" and likewise to "Go to a funeral / as to a marriage: / marry the loss." She confides that she meets works of significant paintings "expectant and thirsty."
Indeed, Ponsot's thirst for all times and its most sensible expression, for the sprightly word and the deeper figuring out working underneath, makes this booklet a transformative event. The knowledge and tune of simple, like any of Ponsot's poetry, will stay along with her readers for many years to come back.
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