Erratic Facts (EPUB)
Read & download ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Kay RyanKay Ryan is a poet like no other Her seemingly simple short poems are small mechanisms of grace and pith She makes me want to be a better poet Still StartAs if engineparts could bewrenched outat andom andthe car wouldstill start andsound evenhea I like Ryan s haiku esue sensibility her poems are longer than haiku but she uses consistently short line lengths and internal The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity rhymes to achieve a haiku s sense of breath brief transience structure and formal discipline If you haven tead Ryan before you might wonder whether her use of the same formal constraints again
And Again Gets Boringagain gets boring time but strangely it doesn t no than Basho s No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History repeated use of the 5 7 5 form doesIn poems so short so exposed it d be difficult to hide any fact fudging any unearned pretension poems shaped like these seem almost constitutionally unable to hide a lie any than a clearly written mathematical proof can and this sets the terms for an intensely honest meeting of minds between the writer and theeader In fact I ead an interview with Ryan in Poets Writers magazine last year where she tells of how she discarded a seemingly perfectly good poem #She Wrote About Trees When #wrote about trees when ealized she had got Ryan s an original but as I was eading this I kept thinking about why I associate her often with Dickinson both write very succinct poems and have a strong penchant for assertive declarative sentences often with Dickinson both write very succinct poems and have a strong penchant for assertive declarative sentences can sound like homilies But eally their similarities end L. Munatius Plancus right about there Dickinson is much dramatic I felt a funeral in my brain or Dare you see the soul at the white heat I can t imagine such drama from Ryan Ryan is decidedly much at aemove in her poems almost clinical making her homilies much homely At her best she s very wise but understated at her worst she s wise guy than wise But all in all I Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality really enjoy almost anything Ryan writes she s thinking deeply but not in an ostentatious theory meets poetry type of way that usually gets the lion s share of critical attention Who else can come up with a uiet profound little gem like the following The First of Never by Kay RyanNever dawnsas thoughit were a dayandisesOur day sensesays a daycan be out waitedSo we. Kay Ryan a classic American poet John Freeman is acclaimed for her highly intelligible deeply insightful poems Erratic Facts is her first new collection since the Pulitzer Prize winning The Best of It and it is animated with her signature swift lucid lyrical styleAt once witty and melancholy. ,
WaitThat s theonly kindof timewe ve ever knownit should begetting late she should begetting home I eally wasn t a fan of most of these poems but I like this oneAs if engine parts could be wrenched out at andom and the car would still start and sound even hearts can go with chambers broken open I stumbled across this collection at the MLA and I picked it up because the first several poems simply grabbed me I ve been challenging myself to ead collections of poetry so that #s something I sometimes do pick up a volume and see if #something I sometimes do pick up a volume and see if talks to me As a esult I don t Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe read any poetry that I don t already like a lot There s so much of it in the world that it seems silly to spend time on something that doesn t talk to youI d never heard of Kay Ryan but as it turns out I m hardly making some deep discovery She s won a Pulitzer and been the US Poet Laureate so there seally nowhere up to go from there That s the nature of 21st Century American poetry I guess even the stars are obscure That makes the broad acknowledgement of Mary Oliver s death so startling most of us simply don t know our poetsRyan s poems are all short She works with a line length well less than a breath and her work has a zen koan
uality to it She boils her insights down to such an essence that we ve swallowed them whole beforeto it She boils her insights down
to such ansuch an that we ve swallowed them whole before uite The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi realize it There s a meditative uality in the work but there s also a lot of humor She s taking her ideas and her poetry seriously but she doesn t seem to be taking the idea of poetry too seriously Most of my favorites are the very first ones Consider for instance New Rooms The mind mustset itself upwherever it goesand it would bemost convenientto impose itsoldooms justtack them uplike an interior tent Oh butthe new holesaren t wherethe windows wentI love the brevity of this one but I love as well the way it lingers I think that feeling the sense that after a major change in my life or world I want to get back to a familiar Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela rhythm Instead as she says the new holes aren t where the windows went That tight slanted truth seems almost worthy of Emily Dickinson a truth that weecognize as truth only after she says it Another that prompted me to pick. Playful and heartfelt Ryan examines enormous subjects existence consciousness love loss in compact poems that have immensely powerful Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction resonance Slyhymes and strong cadences lend emarkable musicality to her incisive wisdom While these pieces are composed of the same brevity and vitality tha. This up is On The Nature of Understanding Say you hoped totame somethingwild and stayedcalm and inched upday by day Or evennot tame #it butmeet it half wayThings went alongYou made progressunderstandingit be alengthy processsensing changesin your #butmeet it half wayThings went alongYou made progressunderstandingit would be processsensing changesin your and nails So it sstrange when itattacks you thoughtyou had a dealThat too seems to capture a truth I d almost already known I have that sense of getting locked within myself in the midst of a new project a new attempt at understanding Just because I set myself the task of coming to understand a thing it doesn t mean that I will succeed Ryan Octavio's Journey reminds me that understanding has to be a conversation a dialogue and one of the great potential errors is to assume that which the other is sayingI can t help havingead this in the context of another book I picked up at the MLA Lee McIntyre s Post Truth a study of the way we have Philosophy in Social Work reached a point of such contested sense about what it means for something to be true in Trump s America I see here a playfulesponse to that uncertainty Read within the moment Ryan is showing how the mind pushes toward knowledge and then pulls away nearly as fast The title poem isn t one of my particular favorites but its title suggests just that point we necessarily perceive the world with expectations but those expectations in their erratic application to the world as it is often lead us into errorShe gets at that same sound of one hand clapping insight with an excerpt from Trench Like That The uestionis doesthe sea goexactly backafter a shippasses Isa trench likethat an eventor notThat image simply works for me I ve often wondered at the strangeness of doing a thing that leaves no trace something I did just yesterday when an hour of shoveling snow seemed to matter not at all to the additional half inch that had fallen behind me as I worked I feel Ryan posing a uestion and I feel compelled to answer it even as I know I can tOther favorites include Token Loss All Your Horses and Why Explain the Precise By Way of the Less Precise I m going to stick this one on the shelf and given the bite sized conundrums it offers so widely I expect I ll pull it down again every so ofte. T has characterized her singular voice over the course of than 20 years her mind is sharper than ever her imagination eccentric and daring Erratic Facts solidifies Ryan’s place at the pinnacle of American poetry and proves that she will Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story remain among the leading innovators in literary histor.