The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Paperback)

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Kay Ryan's recently concluded two-year term as the Library of Congress's sixteenth poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet--her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Ryan's The Best of It: New and Selected Poems has garnered lavish praise. The two hundred poems in The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems--all of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers.

About the Author

Kay Ryan served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2008 through 2010.She has long lived in Marin County, California.

Praise For…

2011 Pulitzer Price Winner for Poetry:
"Awarded to The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan (Grove Press), a body of work spanning 45 years, witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind."

Everything [Ryan’s] eye falls upon takes on a brisk, beautifully complete clarity. Her tidy lines disguise an enormous intelligence and tonal warmth: a ferocious capacity for finding the essence of things. The Best of It reveals that right before our eyes Ryan has become a classic American poet.”John Freeman, Los Angeles Times

Ryan’s poems are as slim as runway models, so tiny you could almost tweet them...Her voice is quizzical and impertinent, funny in uncomfortable ways, scuffed by failure and loss. Her mastery, like Emily Dickinson’s, has some awkwardness in it, some essential gawkiness that draws you close you can’t help consuming [her] poems quickly, the way you are supposed to consume freshly made cocktails: while they are still smiling at you. But you immediately double backwhat was that?and their moral and intellectual bite blindsides you.”Dwight Garner, The New York Times

[Ryan] has the uncanny ability to construct a tiny word-mechanism that produces the experience of genuine wonder.”Steven Ratiner, The Washington Post

Kay Ryan [is] among the geniuses celebratedfor her clear style that puts her in the company of Ro