Sharks' Teeth

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
Everything contains some   
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the
small shark's-tooth
shaped fragments
of rest angled
in it. An hour   
of city holds maybe   
a minute of these   
remnants of a time   
when silence reigned,   
compact and dangerous   
as a shark. Sometimes   
a bit of a tail   
or fin can still   
be sensed in parks.

Source: Poetry (April 2004).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2004 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 Nature, Cities & Urban Life, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Pastoral, Metaphor

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