Party Ship

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
You are a
land I can’t
stand leaving
and can’t not.
My party ship
is pulling out.
We all have
hats. I try to
toot some notes
you’ll understand
but this was not
our instrument
or plan.

Source: Poetry (May 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

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 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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SUBJECT Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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