Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kay Ryan Named U.S. Poet Laureate

The Washington Post reports today that Kay Ryan will be named the new U.S. Poet Laureate. Here’s a profile, along with a sample of her work.

This sounds like an interesting way to approach difficult material:

“Back in California, still shying away from difficult themes "like heart," Ryan assigned herself a task: She would get out a pack of tarot cards, turn one card over every day and write a poem from it. "So I had to start dealing with these abstractions like love, death, the wheel of fortune."

And for those of us who take comfort in long struggles for recognition:

“It took her eight years to get a poem accepted at a serious poetry magazine and 10 more to get into the New Yorker.”


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.