Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Best of It - Kay Ryan (Grove)

The Best of It by Kay Ryan, published by Grove, an independent press, won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 2011.

Kay Ryan’s current appointment as the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States is the latest in a cascade of accolades that have finally caught up with a poet who has always found her own way—both in the poetry she writes and the quiet life she has preferred. Over the years critics have noted that each new book of poems by Kay Ryan reads like a “selected” in its intensity. Now, in the much anticipated The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, Kay Ryan further distills this supremely achieved body of work. Here is the poet’s own selection of more than two hundred poems, offering both longtime followers and new readers a stunning retrospective of her earlier work as well as a generous selection of powerful new poems. The result is a major event in American poetry.

"A body of work spanning 45 years, witty, rebelious and yet, tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind."

Kay Ryan was appointed the Library of Congress's sixteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 2008. Kay Ryan's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and other periodicals. The recipient of numerous accolades, including awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at the College of Marin.

About Grove Press
Grove Press is an independent literary publisher, it published many of the Beats including William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction.

Kay Ryan: The Best of It
New and Selected Poems
ISBN-13: 978-0-8021-4521-5
Price: US $14.95
288 pp

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