Marguerite Bouvard's work is global and deeply engaged with the heroes of dissent, survivors of wars and political imprisonment. She cherishes as well the intimacy of family, the tenderness of friendship, the facts of continuity. The poems of Of Light and Silence are a homage to human courage, with which 'you can travel anywhere in the world / and never be lost.'
Here is a rich resonant voice. Her poems are unforgettable melodies out of Europe and America and her own terribly fertile imagination... This is a most important collection of poems.
I am struck by the clear shining of these rich poems which move with unerring grace and haunting imagery through landscapes and countries shaped by memory and light, shadows and concealment. Marguerite Bouvard's gift for making her world come alivein all its sensuous particulars is written on every page. Of Light and Silence speaks eloquently for a gathering of power and insight in the poet's restless journey.