Today's poem is "To My Translator"
from The Illustrated Edge


Marsha Pomerantz grew up in New York, lived in Israel for twenty years, and now lives in Boston. Her poems and prose have been published in journals in the US, UK, and Israel, and she has translated poetry, short fiction, and a novel from the Hebrew. Her writing has been supported by two residencies at the MacDowell Colony and by a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist grant, and she has twice been a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Award. She is managing editor at the Harvard Art Museums.

Books by Marsha Pomerantz:

Other poems on the web by Marsha Pomerantz:
"Tortoise Shell on a Windowsill"

"The jangling, jumbled syntax in 'To My Translator' conveys real truth about the process of wrestling with another person's meaning, even (especially) in its goofy phrasing. 'Please to be the who to transverse,' it ends, and in a way this invitation has been extended throughout.... These poems demand and reward re-reading and their inventive playfulness lingers long after the book is closed."
—Jacquelyn Pope

"Marsha Pomerantz's verse offers a participant-observer's portrait of the state of the heart at the turn of the 21st century. It is concentrated on what is said, and what transpires, between, yet it never fails to keep the end of play in play.... Deferring ordinary syntax, making room to insist on a plural 'self' and its entrails, taking self apart, taking language apart, Pomerantz takes our part."
—Daniel Bosch

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