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Kay Ryan

  • Her only levity is patience, / the sport of truly chastened things.

    • Kay Ryan,
    • "Turtle," The Best of It ()
  • Click, click, go the lobsters, / With their china mitts and / articulated tails.

    • Kay Ryan,
    • "Crustacean Island," The Best of It ()
  • Action creates / a taste / for itself.

    • Kay Ryan,
    • "That Will to Divest," The Best of It ()
  • There could be nutrients / in failure — / deep amendments / to the shallow soil / of wishes.

    • Kay Ryan,
    • "Failure 2," The Best of It ()

Kay Ryan, U.S. poet, educator

(1945)