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Alumna to read from her award-winning book of poems

September 24, 2010


RondaCare for a little poetry with your Friday afternoon? Join the English Department at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in the WAC south Lounge for a reading by Margaret Ronda'98. Ronda will be reading from Personifications, her new book of poetry. 

After graduating from Beloit, Margaret received her M.F.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Her book of poems, Personification, won the 2009 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, judged by Carl Phillips. Other recent poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Aufgabe, and Pool. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University, where she holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies.

A sample of her work: 

Travelled inside the sea wall, gauzy net, hole
in summer's dress, losing color with each
breath, the seashore inward in the mornings.
Some early days stricken, possibly with rain,
and we forgot how to entirely. A sea held
under its surface, redrawn, and so what we
composed was less than ideal. Yet still
we hurried, if only to find ourselves folded
inside the same palest chance. It was a story
we told countlessly, each time revising
the end. The hills disappeared into the sea.
But nothing passed through the seismic
blockade, even the waves were simply rumors.
We thought of it as a frame, and inside,
thickened time, something we could almost
hold. Like water, but sadder, disloyal.