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Springing: New and Selected Poems
by Marie Ponsot
From the award-winning author of The Bird Catcher, this life-spanning volume offers the delight of both discovery and re-discovery, as Ponsot tends the unruly garden of her mind with her customary care and passion. The book opens with a group of new poems, including “What Would You Like to Be When You Grow Up?”—a question that has kept Ponsot’s work vital for more than fiv ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Knopf
(first published 2002)
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Springing: New and Selected Poems was published when Ponsot was 80. The longevity of this wiry, wily Queens native is one attribute that sets her apart from the bulk of her fellow poets. (I, for one, am used to thinking of poets as an alcohol-swilling, pill-popping, self-destructive, maladaptive tribe who revel in their unhealthy lifestyles and have a tendency to die young.) Another distinguishing trait is Ponsot's polyphiloprogenitiveness: after enduring a bitter divorce from her French artist ...more