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.
One of America’s finest poets.
Ronk (Vertigo) is a well-kept secret in the contemporary experimental poetry scene; her work deserves greater attention. Her ninth collection of poems is composed of three sequences of short lyrics that attend to the elusiveness of language and humanity’s shifting sense of the past… This is a beautiful and philosophical book.
MARTHA RONK is the author of nine books of poetry, including Partially Kept, Vertigo, a National Poetry Series Selection, and In a landscape of having to repeat, a PEN/USA …