Marianne Boruch

Poems by Marianne Boruch

Little Fugue

My Son and I Go See Horses

Snowfall in G Minor

  Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, where she studied with James Tate, among others. She writes surprising, engaging poetry that is intimate, often humorous, but never afraid of the darker components of human experience, exploring the world around her with curiosity and searching skepticism.  David Young writes that Boruch is not “flamboyant or flashy, armored in theory or swimming with a school.  Her poems eschew the need for stylistic eccentricity or surface mannerisms.  They are contained, steady, and exceptionally precise. They build toward blazing insights with the utmost honesty and care.” 

This is work that lets itself be triggered by contrary events and people, in order to launch themselves into unpredictable questions, often investigating a remembered Catholic childhood, the delights and challenges of domestic life, or the varieties of the Midwestern landscape. “Marianne Boruch’s poetry embraces the art of surprise,” writes Claire Keyes. “While her poems celebrate the mundane (swimming with her son, appreciating the beauty of a flower), they transform the common and the everyday into the extraordinary and unreal…. She opens up avenues between the real and worlds that exist just beyond the edges of consciousness.”

A distinguished professor of English at Purdue, as well as serving on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA program, Boruch has won two Fellowships in Poetry from the NEA, among other awards and honors, most recently a Rockefeller Bellagio Foundation Fellowship. Her Poems New & Selected was released in 2004, and late last year saw the publication of a new collection, Grace, Fallen from. Boruch is also known as an wonderfully idiosyncratic writer of essays about poetry and poets; many of these prose pieces have been collected in Poetry’s Old Air (1995), and In the Blue Pharmacy (2005). Her poems and essays have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and The Yale Review to name a very few.

Boruch’s week-long residency at Smith will consist of workshops and student conferences, in addition to the February 24th reading and the February 26th lecture, “The Little Death of Self,” in which she explores the first-person speaker in poems, with reference to work by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Lucia Perillio, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and others.



Poetry Center Reading:
Spring 2009






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