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date: 14 June 2024

Ponsot, Marielocked

Ponsot, Marielocked

  • Marilyn Hacker


In her poetry, Marie Ponsot negotiates an edgy territory of loss and discovers that it shares a border with the breathtaking landscape of intellectual freedom. The skill of her prosody is such that one need not remark upon it. A careful reader notices that her words mean what they have always said: every inflection and connotation rippling through the common usage from a point of origin has been accounted for. She teaches us thought's verbal anatomies the way a mother (she would permit the simile) teaches what she knows, not from a syllabus but in the context of conversation, storytelling, even admonition: loving discourse. Ponsot's poetry is always demanding, but it is never “difficult” in the contemporary critical sense. Rigorous and generous with readers, it is unsparing in what it indicates as it shares what it loves.


  • North American Literatures

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