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Springing: New and Selected Poems

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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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Lou Last
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poems
OUT OF WATER
A new embroidery of flowers, canary color,
dots the grass already dotty
with aster-white and clover.

I warn, “They won’t last, out of water.”
The children pick some anyway.

In or out of water
children don’t last either.

I watch them as they pick.
Still free of what’s next
and what was yesterday
they pick today.

(2002)


ANNIVERSARY
The big doll being broken and the sawdust fall
all scattered by my shoes, not crying
I sit in my dark to discover o failure annulled
opens out in my hands a purse of
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Jenna
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
stephanie
May 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
she writes a sestina like no other. the later poems are quite interesting as well. this is genius.
Ann Michael
Dec 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I just have to add that I love Ponsot's work. She is so intelligent, and her work is so beautiful. Poets and non-poets can enjoy her poetry and learn from it.
Ian
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Some of these poems in the collection really pop with the color of a well lived life. The middle and later work certainly marks the strongest of the collection.
Misha
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Ponsot is a master of the sestina.
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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 Par
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