A conversation with Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate and James Billington, Librarian of Congress
About her work, J. D. McClatchy has said: "Her poems are compact, exhilarating, strange affairs, like Erik Satie miniatures or Joseph Cornell boxes."
Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and James Billington were on Charlie Rose last evening. If you didn't catch it and have the time now, click on the link for the YouTube recording. Kay Ryan reads some of her verses. So does Charlie. She does a better job.
I don't often read poetry but I often use the analogy of the brevity of poetry to some of my painted abstractions. Sometimes I refer to my paintings as non-narrative narratives but I think they are related more to short verse than narrative.
Dr. Billington uses words like wit and humor, brevity, depth, and hidden rhyme when describing Ryan's verses. She uses the analogy of condensed powdered soup.
I like that.
I will read her poetry.