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9780375413896

Springing : New and Selected Poems

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    9780375413896

  • ISBN10:

    0375413898

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-03-01
  • Publisher: Knopf

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Summary

From the award-winning author ofThe 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 five decades. Throughout the selections from her four earlier books and a trove of previously unpublished work covering the years 1946 to 1971, she offers us a "lost haven in a springing world." Sometimes sharp in her self-perception, but always listing toward pleasure and elegance, unafraid of grief and the passage of time, Ponsot continually refreshes her language and the spirited self from which it emerges.

Author Biography

Marie Ponsot’s first book of poems was<i> True Minds</i> (1956); later books are <i>Admit Impediment</i> (1981) and <i>The Green Dark</i> (1988). She is a native New Yorker who has enjoyed teaching at Queens College, Beijing United University, the Poetry Center of the YMHA, New York University, and Columbia University. Among her awards are an NEA Creative Writing grant, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize, and the Shaughnessy Medal of the Modern Language Association. Ponsot’s most recent collection, <i>The Bird Catcher</i>, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 1998.

Table of Contents

New Poems
Old Jokes Appreciate
3(1)
Drunk & Disorderly, Big Hair
4(2)
Origin
6(2)
What Would You Like to Be When You Grow Up?
8(3)
Now Then
11(1)
Decorum, Reflection
12(1)
Ghosts of Narrative
13(3)
Metaphysica
16(2)
Quick It Can
18(2)
Rods & Cones, & The Statute of Limitations
20(2)
What Changes
22(3)
End of October
25(2)
Entranced
27(2)
Real Estate: Kripplebush, New York
29(1)
Crude Cabin, At the Brink of Quiet
30(2)
Out of Water
32(1)
Pathetic Fallacies Are Bad Science But
33(2)
Antepenultimate
35(1)
At the Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
36(1)
After-Image, Cortes Island
37(2)
My Word Is My Bond
39(1)
We Stand Our Ground
40(1)
Strong, Off Route 209
41(1)
Imagine That
42(2)
The First, At the Last
44(2)
Rain All Night, Paris
46(3)
Uncollected Poems, 1946-1971
A Visit
49(1)
Sensibility
50(1)
St.-Germain-des-Pres: Summer 1948
51(1)
Ritournelle, for Paris 1948
52(2)
Private and Profane
54(2)
Anniversary
56(1)
Pleasant Avenue
57(3)
``Ville Indigene'': Afrique du Nord
60(3)
Sam Refuted, Respectfully
63(2)
Take Any Card
65(2)
Under a Routine Procedure
67(1)
Elegy for Elizabeth Bleecker Averell
68(1)
Gigue for Christmas Eve
69(1)
To Forbid Grief
70(1)
Because We Certainly Have Nothing Better to Do
71(1)
Survival
72(1)
Springing
73(1)
Dialogue of Nemo and Personne
74(2)
Explication de Texte
76(2)
The Crow Dressed in Peacock Feathers
78(1)
A Tale Told by Atheneus (Venus Callipygus)
79(1)
Symposium Holiday
80(1)
Last Resort
81(1)
``Luxuria,'' Dreamboat
82(1)
Half Full
83(1)
Out of the North: Two Views
84(5)
From True Minds, 1956
Take My Disproportionate Desire
89(1)
``Qu'ai-je a Faire en Paradis?''
90(1)
Matins & Lauds
91(1)
Possession
92(1)
Multipara Gravida 5
93(1)
Communion of Saints: The Poor Bastard Under the Bridge
94(1)
```What Are You Doing Here, Stephen?'''
95(1)
Rockefeller the Center
96(3)
From Admit Impediment, 1981
For a Divorce
99(4)
Basic Skills
103(1)
Residual Paralysis
104(2)
About My Birthday
106(1)
Bilingual
107(2)
Among Women
109(1)
From the Fountain at Vaucluse
110(4)
Ghost Writer
114(3)
The Differance: Chatou-Croissy
117(2)
Live Model
119(2)
Half-Life: Copies to All Concerned
121(2)
Unabashed
123(1)
As Is
124(1)
Late
125(4)
Of Certain Students
129(1)
For a Season
130(1)
Lullaby
131(1)
A Third Thank-You Letter
132(3)
Discovery
135(2)
Advice: Ad Haereditates (I)
137(4)
Gliding
141(4)
The Great Dead, Why Not, May Know
145(6)
From The Green Dark, 1988
On a Library of Congress Photo of Eunice B. Winkless, 1904
151(2)
The Problem of Freedom & Commitment
153(1)
The Problem of Fiction
154(2)
The Problem of Gratified Desire
156(1)
The Problem of Loving-kindness
157(1)
Wearing the Gaze of an Archaic Statue
158(2)
``Love Is Not Love''
160(4)
Hangzhou, Lake of the Poets
164(2)
Levels
166(2)
The Royal Gate
168(1)
Outside the Fertile Crescent
169(1)
Synthesis
170(1)
De-fusing the Usual Criminal Metaphors
171(2)
Jamaica Wildlife Center, Queens, New York
173(2)
The Ides of May
175(1)
Between
176(1)
Hard-Shell Clams
177(1)
Out of Eden
178(1)
Patient
179(1)
Museum out of Mind
180(3)
Call
183(1)
Friday Market
184(1)
Myopia Makes All Light Sources Radiant
185(2)
In Abeyance
187(2)
Analemmatic
189(1)
Take Time, Take Place
190(9)
From The Bird Catcher, 1998
``I've Been Around: It Gets Me Nowhere''
199(2)
Old Mama Saturday
201(2)
Northampton Style
203(1)
The Title's Last
204(1)
One Is One
205(1)
Pourriture Noble
206(2)
For My Old Self, At Notre-Dame
208(2)
The Border
210(2)
Separate, In the Swim
212(2)
The Story After the Story
214(2)
Roundtone Cove
216(1)
Reading a Large Serving Dish
217(2)
Analysis
219(1)
Two Questions
220(2)
Pre-Text
222(2)
Explorers Cry Out Unheard
224(1)
Winter
225(1)
Oceans
226(1)
Even
227

Excerpts

Springing

In a skiff on a sunrisen lake we are watchers.

Swimming aimlessly is luxury, just as walking
Loudly up a shallow stream is.

As we lean over the deep well, we whisper.

Friends at hearths are drawn to the one warm air;
stranger meet on beaches drawn to the one wet sea.

What wd it be to be water, one body of water
(what water is is another mystery). (We are
water divided.) It wd be a self without walls,
with surface tension, specific gravity, a local
exchange between bedrock and cloud of falling and rising,
rising to fall, falling to rise.


Old Jokes Appreciate

Up the long stairs I run
stumbling, expectant.
Impatience is hopelessly
desperate. Hope
takes time.

Sort out the private from the personal.
Advance on losses at a decent pace.

"Aside from all that, Mrs. Lincoln,
how did you like the play?"

Origin

The skull or shell
or wall of bone shaped
with its egg advantages
does not advertise

the gardens it contains,
the marriages, the furies,
or the city it shelters
(clangs, clouds, silences,
found souls crowding,
big dank cans where things
putrify)

or the glade it hides
for us to hide in, where
—our lives eased open—
we drowse by the pond and wake
beside ourselves with thirst,
where (dipping the cup we find)
we get of necessity
a drink of some depth
full of taste
and original
energy.

The darling face,
the fragrant chevelure,
even the beautiful ears
on the shell do not
boast about the workplace inside.

They prefer to appear to agree
they are just along for the ride.

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