Between Silence & Sound

Marie Ponsot
Alfred A. Knopf, $26, 82 pp.

The poet Marie Ponsot has always written at the top of her talent, which is at the top of the art. From the outset, she has imagined the making of a poem in its fullest sense. A poem for Ponsot is an object of sight and of sound, of thoughts and of feelings, a created field of interacting language and themes, composed of various voices and tones of voice. Ponsot requires that we pay the closest attention to every level of language in a poem: syllables, words, lines, sentences, spacing on the...

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About the Author

Lawrence Joseph is Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. His most recent books of poems are Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). His The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2011.