Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan


Born
in San Jose, California, The United States
September 27, 1945

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Born in California in 1945 and acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching (2006), The Niagara River (2005), and Say Uncle (2000). Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Ryan's tightly compressed, rhythmically dense poetry is often compared to that of Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore; however, Ryan’s often barbed wit and unique facility with “recombinant” rhyme has earned her the status of one of the great living American poets, and led to her appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate in 2008. She held the position for two terms, using the appointment to champion community colleges lik
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Average rating: 4.03 · 2,896 ratings · 399 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Best of It: New and Sel...

4.11 avg rating — 1,293 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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The Niagara River

4.02 avg rating — 507 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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Say Uncle

4.03 avg rating — 440 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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Elephant Rocks

3.90 avg rating — 260 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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Erratic Facts

3.91 avg rating — 191 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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Flamingo Watching

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Strangely Marked Metal

3.84 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1985
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The Jam Jar Lifeboat and Ot...

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4.30 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2008
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Odd Blocks: Selected and Ne...

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Dragon Acts To Dragon Ends

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“It isn't ever delicate to live.”
Kay Ryan

“The day misspent,
the love misplaced,
has inside it
the seed of redemption.
Nothing is exempt
from resurrection.”
Kay Ryan, Say Uncle

“It’s hard not
to jump out
instead of
waiting to be
found. It’s
hard to be
alone so long
and then hear
someone come
around. It’s
like some form
of skin’s developed
in the air
that, rather
than have torn,
you tear.

"Hide and Seek”
Kay Ryan, The Niagara River



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