Easy: Poems

By Marie Ponsot

Depart it to the smooth Marie Ponsot, now in her past due eighties, to view her existence in poetry as easeful. As she tells us, wondering what stones can pay attention, "Between silence and sound / we're balancing darkness, / making mild of it." during this celebratory assortment, Ponsot makes gentle, in either senses, of all she touches, and her excitement in providing those overdue poems is infectious. After greater than a part century at her craft, she describes her poetic personal tastes unpretentiously hence: "no fruity words, simply unspun / phrases trued correct towards a pleasant / inspiration, for chaser. True's a hazard. / Take it I say. Do precise for fun."

Ponsot is accepting of what has come, no matter if it's a joyous reminiscence of her second-grade instructor in a brand new York public institution or the sensation of being "Orphaned Old," much less fortunate in lifestyles on account that her mom and dad died. She holds herself to the top normal: to work out in actual fact, to imagine, to deal openhandedly and openheartedly with the realm, to "Go to a marriage / as to a funeral: / bury the loss" and likewise to "Go to a funeral / as to a marriage: / marry the loss." She confides that she meets works of serious paintings "expectant and thirsty."

Indeed, Ponsot's thirst for all times and its top expression, for the sprightly word and the deeper figuring out working underneath, makes this e-book a transformative adventure. The knowledge and song of simple, like every of Ponsot's poetry, will stay along with her readers for many years to return.

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Take realize: the otherworld is lustrous, like sealight or twilight, ambiguous simply because it’s a couple of factor at a time: just like the summer time forward-thrust of the rackety neighborhood rivulet hurrying its loud brown water to its little fall, or like these people who either tune the celebrities and likewise fly earthward at evening like migrant chicken flocks— as though the darkish have been flared, as though we will see at nighttime, and we virtually can. attaining My aircraft takes to the air on time, and so do I. the adventure it charts charts me as I fly; sight flashes into suggestion. I stare in at it although (mapped as thought-through) the map strains lie crazy. concept is going too a long way, stretching to give an explanation for my self, its selves, and the way they movement to unify. They rush to capture the brilliant changing into element inspiration casts prior to them like a mild to paintings by way of. The plane’s nostril continually will get there first. I sit down belated, within the cabin element of the airplane. I’m my observer. I maneuver to affix my outdated self to its avant-garde, my eyes. Sight likes trip which likes clean surprises. Self likes shock that undoes previous disguises. trying out GARDENING within the backyard I watch myself take care as though I have been the backyard. I even study from event! Slowly (fair is fair), i'll develop much less silly and discover ways to flip blunders to advantage—though blunders take years of uprooting seedlings sprung from seed dropped a decade in the past in error’s lengthy wake. i used to be correct to wish you, to sweat, weed, stability acid soil, guard you from sunscald early, then prune to ensure the sunlight you would like came upon you. For those few spring weeks you’re a sprawl of vegetation, you eco-friendly the summer time towards its relaxation in fruited autumn. but it’s wintry weather that’s top, definite, to visualize pleasure, subsequent. The wintry weather try. actual education Spelled out within the physique, historical past is gradual. My label reads: cryptic novice, adept at dailiness. Crow’s-feet, muscular tissues, scars have saved the checklist of its waves, excessive tide and coffee. I start to learn how to learn its good judgment: Sun-squint breakfast foreplay. Triumphs. Defeats. Lobster bisque. The wet-wash weight of linen sheets. Freeborn phrases. The damaged kitchen. The outdoors of public walkways… I learn the honey-striped flip of physique stuck off defend, its complete textual content ripe. Its random record or existence is in reliable fix. thankful, thankful, my hand gradual to show the web page turns it, categorized thankful, already engaged. DANCING DAY I on the horizon’s lit fog rim earth retains involved with sky. I name this the top of the start. In its mist, frayed ghosts of selves drowse; I name them my misplaced selves. in recent years they float shut, unaging, observing me age. Now & then, one or a few flare up, identified shapes in recognized outfits. every one of them isn't now not me, and wears the garments I walked in, joked, labored harm in, as I performed my candy pipsqueak half paradiddle at the hi-hat. I nonetheless comprehend all these strikes. I start to have in mind; I have in mind them, a few from while my father used to be alive. A deep breath taken. Restorative. They hum tender part-songs, challenging to listen to. And now they’re making a song. They’ve come to stick!

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