Marie Ponsot





Marie Ponsot


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
April 06, 1921

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Marie Ponsot is an American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator.

fter graduating from St. Joseph's College for Women in Brooklyn, Ponsot earned her master's degree in seventeenth-century literature from Columbia University. After the Second World War, she journeyed to Paris, where she met and married Claude Ponsot, a painter and student of Fernand Léger. The couple lived in Paris for three years, during which time they had a daughter. Later, Ponsot and her husband relocated to the United States. The couple had six sons before divorcing.

Upon returning from France, Ponsot worked as a freelance writer of radio and television scripts. She also translated 69 children's books from the French, including The Fables of La Fontain
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Easy: Poems

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The Bird Catcher

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Beat Not the Poor Desk

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The Snow Queen and Other Tales

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Russian Fairy Tales

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The Green Dark: Poems

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Admit Impediment: Poems (Kn...

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Chinese Fairy Tales

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Collected Poems

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“I stand above the tree level I am a tree I catch wind storm breaths My branches claw I drink sky It stretches me I don't care I catch jokes and luck from tall thin blue air”
Marie Ponsot

“One is One

Heart, you bully, you punk, I'm wrecked, I'm shocked
stiff. You? you still try to rule the world--though
I've got you: identified, starving, locked
in a cage you will not leave alive, no
matter how you hate it, pound its walls,
& thrill its corridors with messages.

Brute. Spy. I trusted you. Now you reel & brawl
in your cell but I'm deaf to your rages,
your greed to go solo, your eloquent
threats of worse things you (knowing me) could do.
You scare me, bragging you're a double agent

since jailers are prisoners' prisoners too.
Think! Reform! Make us one. Join the rest of us,
and joy may come, and make its test of us.


Marie Ponsot

“Poetry is priceless.... a way of keeping yourself feeling rich and civilized even when you're quite poor. ”
Marie Ponsot

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