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Collected Poems

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Marie Ponsot published her first volume of poetry in 1956. After a twenty-five-year hiatus, she returned to poetry in 1981 and continues to publish today in her nineties. Thus, her Collected Poems is substantial and difficult to summarize in a limited space. Ponsot often finds inspiration from her life. Subjects vary from the major to the mundane: from her divorce to non-vegetarian cooking, from grief at various loses to bird watching, from a friend’s birthday to burning old papers. She also seems equally at ease with both formal and less strict forms. To all of this, Ponsot brings a strong classical background, a poet’s eye for connections, a delightfully defiant sense of a woman’s place, especially as she ages, but, most of all, an exquisite command of language. Many lines are a joy to read aloud and will remain with the reader. For example, in “Pourriture Noble” or “Noble Rot,” Ponsot takes a refreshing view of aging, concluding: “Age is not / all dry rot. / It’s never too late. / Sweet is your real estate.” Marie Ponsot’s Collected Poems is a testament to a life well lived and an art well practiced.

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Marie Ponsot
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5/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
496 pages
Publisher:
Knopf
Publish Date:
2016-08-02
ISBN:
9781101947678
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Issue:
December 2016
Category:
Poetry & Short Stories
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Publication Date

2016-08-02

Format

Hard

Publisher

Knopf

Issue

December 2016

Page Count

496 pages

ASIN

1101947675

ISBN

9781101947678

Star Count

5

Book Author

Marie Ponsot

“Collected Poems”

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