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The Best of It by Kay Ryan
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Mar 30, 11

bookshelves: poetry
Read from March 08 to 30, 2011

This is, of course, immediately essential, and immediately a favorite. I wrote recently about my newfound love of Kay Ryan, and this is sort of a "greatest hits" anthology that gathers generous samplings from all her past collections, plus a large group of new poems. It provides a terrific opportunity for full immersion in her art, plus a nice, linear view of how her voice as a poet has developed. It's less potent than the briefer, totally masterful Say Uncle, but it makes up for that by being so comprehensive.

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