Poetry. Winner of the 2009 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Carl Phillips. PERSONIFICATION undertakes dreamlike journeys through crumbling architecture and airless interiors, discovering anachronistic and apocalyptic emblems among the commonplace particulars of modern day life. Breaking open in order to reinhabit the language of Puritan allegory and captivity narrative, these poems meditate on the possibility of personhood generated by the constraints of luminous unknowing, a form of captivity in which one is both bound and held rapt. They proceed by way of detour, boredom's indirection, and astonished pauses, endlessly seeking "the perfect thought / we slept frozen inside / yet could not see." Of PERSONIFICATION, Carl Phillips writes, "Here is a strange and arresting vision, indeed."
Margaret Ronda is the author of two books of poems, FOR HUNGER and PERSONIFICATION, and a critical study, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, The Columbia Poetry Review, Pool, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of California-Davis.Author City: DAVIS, CA USA