|New books on writing poetry. Highlights of Poetry. Index of poetry. How to Write Poetry. Books read.|
How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Agha Shahid Ali.
Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Corey Marks. Franz Wright. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
J. Zimmerman. J. Zimmerman (haiku). J. Zimmerman (tanka). J.D. McClatchy.
Jack Gilbert. Jane Hirshfield. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher.
Kay Ryan. Kay Ryan's style. Kay Ryan The Best Of It: New and Selected Poems.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
|The Best Of It: New and Selected Poems (2010)|
Boland praised Kay Ryan's work as being "indispensable in the poetic cannon", saying that her work is "profoundly reassuring and moving" with its "independence of spirit and accuracy of expression".
Kay Ryan was asked what she has been discussing with students in the Stanford class she is teaching. She said:
Kay Ryan was asked to talk about accessibility. She said:
|It is mad to work against it [accessibility]. Is one seeking more confusion in this world? 'Accessible' is taken erroneously to mean dimensionless. I strive to make my work as clear as I can. My effort is to make something accessible to me.|
Kay Ryan was asked about the short length of her poems. She said: "Short poems are my natural length."
Kay Ryan was asked about humor in her poems. She said: "At first I wanted to be a stand-up comic. Then I wanted to write funny Hallmark cards. ... The comic is more difficult and exciting and more capable of carrying weight than the grave."
Kay Ryan was asked what she did as Poet Laureate. She said: "I didn't want to represent American poetry. And so I haven't." She was, however, encouraged to speak about and applauded for her Community College poetry project as Laureate.
Kay Ryan was asked about whether she had a daily writing practice. She said that she did initially because that is the way that a poet makes her work real to herself. She has to take herself seriously because at the beginning no one else does. Nowadays, she said, she writes irregularly and that to write a poem she takes 3 to 4 hours during which she writes 10 to 12 drafts.
Links and Books.
Books of Poetry Form. Alphabetic list of poetry forms and related topics. How to Write Poetry.
Copyright © 2010 by J. Zimmerman, except for the quoted poems.
All poems Copyright © 1985-2012 by Kay Ryan.
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