Kay Ryan to Read in Hartford and Storrs, CT / Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

Monday, April 9  and Tuesday, April 10
April 9: Konover Auditorium, UConn Campus at Storrs, CT 7:00 pm
April 10: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 359 Washington St, Hartford, CT 2:00 pm
Sponsored by the Hartford Financial Services, Inc.

Kay Ryan’s books of poetry include Say Uncle, Elephant Rocks, and Flamingo Watching. Her most recent collection, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems,won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Ms. Ryan’s other accolades include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and four Pushcart Prizes. She was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006, and in 2008 was appointed the Library of Congress’s sixteenth Poet Laureate.

Reverse Drama
     by Kay Ryan

Lightning, but not bright,
Thunder, but not loud.
Sometimes something
in the sky connects
to something in the ground
in ways we don't expect
and more or less miss except
through reverse drama:
things were heightened
and now they're calmer.

Kay Ryan Biography / Poetry Foundation
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