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In Partially Kept, Ronk's elegiac and lyrical poetry responds to a world marked by transience and loss. Quotations by 17th century essayist Sir Thomas Browne highlight historical shifts in language, creating intertextual poems that consider the botanical world, the art of photography, and philosophy. Ronk's attention to rhetoric and representation speak to the shifting temporality between one thing and another, between one mind and another.
Nightboat Books, 9781937658014, 74pp.
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
About the Author
MARTHA RONK's books of poetry include Vertigo, selected by C.D. Wright for the National Poetry Series, and In a landscape of having to repeat, which won the PEN USA Award. She teaches literature at Occidental College and lives in Los Angeles.
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