The Late Worm

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
The worms
which had been
thick are thin
upon the ground
now that it's gotten
later. They stick
against the path,
their pink chapped
and their inching
labored. It's a   
matter of moisture
isn't it? Time, a   
measure of wet,
shrinking, the
drier you get.

Source: Poetry (January 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

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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 Living, Growing Old, Time & Brevity

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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