Partially Kept (Nightboat Books)
Skylight welcomes back Martha Ronk, an acclaimed poet and short story writer, to read and sign her latest book of poetry, Partially Kept.
Martha Ronk is the author of 9 books of poetry, a collection of short fiction, and a fictional memoir; her most recent poetic work includes Partially Kept from Nightboat Books, Vertigo, a National Poetry Series selection, from Coffee House Books, and Glass Grapes, fiction. She received an NEA award for her work, had residencies at Djerassi and MacDowell, and last year was a visiting poet at the University of Montana. Ronk is Professor of creative writing and Renaissance literature at Occidental College.
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.