The best of it : new and selected poems / Kay Ryan.
By: Ryan, Kay.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Grove Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 270 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780802119148 (hardcover) :; 080211914X (hardcover) :; 9780802145215 (pbk.) :; 0802145213 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): American poetry -- 20th century | American poetry -- 21st century | American poetryDDC classification: 811/.54
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More than 200 poems, selected by the poet.
2011 Pulitzer Prize for poetry
The author is the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States from 2008-2010. Here are her own selections of more than two hundred poems, offering both longtime followers and new readers a retrospective of her earlier work as well as a generous selection of new poems.
New poems. Odd blocks -- The edges of time -- Bait goat -- Train-track figure -- We're building the ship as we sail it -- Virga -- Dogleg -- Cloud -- Ledge -- Stations -- Repetition -- The pharaohs -- Pentimenti -- Bitter pill -- Polish and balm -- Retroactive -- Galápago -- Finish -- Shift -- Easter Island -- Cut out for it -- Spiderweb -- Still life with lemons, oranges and a rose -- After Zeno --
Flamingo watching 1994. This life -- Extraordinary lengths -- Every painting by Chagall -- The tables freed -- Leaving spaces -- Periphery -- The mock ruin -- Is it modest? -- The things of the world -- Emptiness -- Slant -- Apology -- Vacation -- A certain kind of Eden -- No rest for the idle -- The narrow path -- When fishing fails -- Say it straight -- Glass slippers -- How successful can she afford to be? -- Repetition -- Les natures profondement bonnes sont toujours indécises -- So different -- Half a loaf -- Soft -- Spring -- I marveled at how generally I was aided -- Impersonal -- A certain meanness of culture -- The test we set ourself -- Force -- Miners' canaries -- The hinge of spring -- Deer -- Sheep in wolves' clothing -- Snake charm -- The palm at the end of the mind -- Poetry is a kind of money -- Persiflage -- Masterworks of Ming -- Breast birds -- Paired things -- Osprey -- Turtle --
Elephant rocks 1996. Living with stripes -- Doubt -- Mirage oases -- Cirque -- Chemistry -- That vase of lilacs -- Connections -- Dew -- Lacquer artist -- All shall be restored -- Full measure -- Stars of Bethlehems -- Crib -- Bestiary -- How birds sing -- How a thought thinks -- Intention -- If the moon happened once -- New clothes -- Simply by growing larger -- To the young anglerfish -- Crustacean Island -- Imaginary Eskimos -- Outsider art -- Caught -- Les petites confitures -- Why isn't it all more marked -- Witness -- Learning -- Apogee -- Against gravity -- Lacunae -- Intransigence -- Age -- Counsel -- Insult -- Silence -- A cat/a future -- Hope -- Losses -- The cabinet of curiosities -- Her politeness -- Bad patch -- Swept up whole -- Any morning -- Relief -- Part Midas -- The woman who wrote too much -- Sonnet to spring -- A plain ordinary steel needle can float on pure water -- Distance -- The vessel and the cup -- Wooden -- The second -- Heat -- Poetry in translation -- If she only had one minute --
Say uncle 2000. Corners -- Star block -- Mockingbird -- A hundred bolts of satin -- The excluded animals -- Blandeur -- Composition -- Patience -- Coming and going -- Nothing ventured -- That will to divest -- Winter fear -- Grazing horses -- Waste -- Forgetting -- The fourth wise man -- Beasts -- Gaps -- The fabric of life -- Help -- The pass -- The pieces that fall to earth -- Don't look back -- It's always darkest just before the dawn -- Blunt -- Diamonds -- Herring -- The silence islands -- Cheshire -- Yeses -- Great thoughts -- Test -- Crown -- Bad day -- Among English verbs -- Lime light -- Why we must struggle -- Drops in the bucket -- The job -- Dutch -- Chemise -- Deferred silence -- Attention -- Failure -- Matrigupta -- Weakness and doubt -- Failure 2 -- Two more, and up goes the donkey -- Water under the bridge -- Your face will stick -- And all becomes as before --
The Niagara River 2005. Home to roost -- Carrying a ladder -- Sharks' teeth -- Weak forces -- The elephant in the room -- A ball rolls on a point -- The best of it -- Chinese foot chart -- Shipwreck -- The other shoe -- Atlas -- He lit a fire with icicles -- Rats' tails -- Added significance -- Chop -- Felix crow -- Desert reservoirs -- Hailstorm -- Expectations -- Green hills -- Rubbing lamps -- Tenderness and rot -- Tar babies -- Tired blood -- Theft -- Ideal audience -- Caps -- Thin -- Stardust -- Blue China doorknob -- Salvage -- The light of interiors -- Things shouldn't be so hard -- The past -- Reverse drama -- Fake spots -- Legerdemain -- Hide and seek -- Post-construction -- Least action -- Chart -- No names -- The material -- The well or the cup -- Late justice -- Backward miracle -- Green behind the ears -- Thieves -- Lighthouse keeping -- Tune.
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2011.
Reviews provided by Syndetics
Library Journal ReviewIn her new book, current U.S. poet laureate Ryan (Elephant Rocks) gives readers a panoramic view of how her poetry has evolved. Throughout her career, Ryan has used a compressed and condensed language charged with playfulness and wit: "Wherever the eye lingers/ it finds a hunger/ The things of the world/want us for dinner/ Inside each pebble or leaf/ or puddle is a hook/ the appetites of the world/ compete to catch a look." She writes about anything, reviving the idea of poetry as a means of naming and actualizing things through the eyes of a poet/creator. The rhymes don't seem imposed but rather a natural manifestation of creating meaning, and her dense, fractured lines and the white space they create echo Dickinson. Ultimately, Ryan fuses science with myth in a language grounded in the concrete; she often opens with a plain image or even a cliche that soon develops into something far deeper and more detailed. Verdict Ryan's poetry offers a fresh experience of seeing and knowing that all serious poetry readers will enjoy.-Sadiq Alkoriji, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsKay Ryan is a poet and educator. Born in San Jose, California, she received bachelors and masters degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Her first collection, Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends, was privately published in 1983. Ryan found a commercial publisher for her second collection, Strangely Marked Metal, but her work went nearly unrecognized until the mid 1990s, when some of her poems were anthologized and the first reviews appeared in national journals. She received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2004, and published her sixth collection of poetry, The Niagara River.
Ryan's other awards include the 2001 Maurice English Poetry Award, a fellowship in 2001 from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poems have been included in three Pushcart Prize anthologies and have been selected four times for The Best American Poetry. Ryan's collection The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. She was awarded Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for this collection.
Ryan was named the 16th Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and served 2 terms from 2008 to 2010. She currently serves as one of Chancellors of The Academy of American Poets.
(Bowker Author Biography)