Wednesday, June 1

2 Kay Ryan quotes

"A poem is an empty suitcase that you can never quit emptying".

"Practically speaking, I usually spend one very intense morning writing a poem. For me a poem isn’t a knitting project I keep in my workbasket and add a few more purls to every couple days...When I do rewrite—a week later, a month, or maybe a year later—it’s not very much. I might have to add a little bit or turn two lines around or cut a little bit, change a word, or replace a line. I almost always fiddle around some more with the lineation. Sometimes I have to hold on to something for years before I have an ending."

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Kay Ryan is a poet from California.  She was named the sixteenth poet laureate of the United States in 2008.