Thin

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
How anything   
is known   
is so thin—   
a skin of ice   
over a pond   
only birds might   
confidently walk   
upon. A bird's   
worth of weight   
or one bird-weight   
of Wordsworth.

Source: Poetry (April 2005).

 Kay  Ryan

Biography

Born in California in 1945 and acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching (2006), The Niagara River (2005), and Say Uncle (2000). Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ryan's tightly compressed, rhythmically dense poetry is often compared to that of Emily . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Winter, Weather, Animals, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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