an American poet and educator. She has published seven volumes of poetry and an anthology of selected and new poems. Ryan was the sixteenth United States Poet Laureate, from 2008 to 2010.
Ryan was born in San Jose, California, and was raised in several areas of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. After attending Antelope Valley College, she received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1971, she has lived in Marin County, California, and has taught English part-time at the College of Marin in Kentfield. Carol Adair, who was also an instructor at the College of Marin, was Ryan's partner from 1978... more »
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Kay Ryan Poems
Nothing exists as a block and cannot be parceled up. So if nothing's ventured it's not just talk;
Patience is wider than one once envisioned,
The Edges Of Time
It is at the edges that time thins.
To the dragon any loss is total.
The Niagara River
As though the river were
Home To Roost
The chickens are circling and blotting out the day.
Everything contains some silence. Noise gets its zest from the small
All Your Horses
Say when rain cannot make you more wet
Comments about Kay Ryan
Nothing exists as a block
and cannot be parceled up.
So if nothing's ventured
it's not just talk;
it's the big wager.
Don't you wonder
how people think
the banks of space
and time don't matter?
How they'll drain
the big tanks down to
slime and salamanders
and want thanks?