Still Start

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
As if engine
parts could be
wrenched out
at random and
the car would
still start and
sound even,
hearts can go
with chambers
broken open.



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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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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