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The best of it : new and selected poems

Author: Kay Ryan
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Miscellaneous fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kay Ryan
ISBN: 9780802119148 080211914X 9780802145215 0802145213
OCLC Number: 259266586
Notes: More than 200 poems, selected by the poet.
Includes index.
Awards: Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2011.
Description: xiv, 270 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Kay Ryan.

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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.

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