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Friday, August 06, 2010

Poetry Friday--The Best of It

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems [811.54 RYA], is the latest collection from Kay Ryan. Ryan recently ended her two year term as U.S. Poet Laureate (replaced by W.S. Merwin).

There are 24 new poems, and the "selected" poems come from her previous books, Flamingo Watching (1994), Elephant Rocks (1996), Say Uncle (2000), and The Niagara River (2005).

Here is a representative "new" poem:

A blue stain
creeps across
the deep pile
of the evergreens.
From inside the
forest it seems
like an interior
matter, something
wholly to do
with trees, a color
passed from one
to another, a
to which they
submit unflinchingly
like soldiers or
brave people
getting older.
Then the sun
comes back and
it's totally over.
If that doesn't get you to see trees and sky in a whole new way, than nothing will!

Listen to Ryan reading poems from The Best of It:

Kay Ryan | 2010 | The Best of It, from the Key West Literary Seminar Audio Archives

Head over to Author Amok for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

1 comment:

  1. Something about this poem reminds me of the poetry riddles in May Swenson's "Complete Poems to Solve" -- thanks for sharing it.