POST 600!!!!! Plus a poem by Kay Ryan

Wow!!! I can hardly believe it but we’ve reached post 600! Let’s throw a party 🙂
Need another reason to throw a party? I will have two poems in print (some of us still care about print) in the new EveryDayPoets Anthology 2. More on that book to come…

Now, let’s get back to poetry. Today’s poem is from Kay Ryan as featured on American Life in Poetry! Enjoy!

American Life in Poetry: Column 391
Kay Ryan was our nation’s Poet Laureate at The Library of Congress for the 2008-2010 terms.
Her poetry is celebrated for its compression; she can get a great deal into a few words. Here’s an
example of a poem swift and accurate as a dart.


We say
A pin hole
of light. We
can’t imagine
how bright
more of it
could be,
the way
this much
defeats night.
It almost
isn’t fair,
poked this,
with such
a small act
to vanquish

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2011 by Kay Ryan, whose most recent book of poems is Odd Blocks, Selected and New Poems, Carcanet Press, 2011. Poem reprinted from Poetry, October 2011, by permission of Kay Ryan and the publisher. Introduction copyright 2012 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

American Life in Poetry ©2006 The Poetry Foundation
This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.

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