Saturday, February 7, 2009

Super-human Strength

I am carrying thoughts of Kay Ryan with me today:

Kay Ryan may be the only American poet who describes her writing process as "a self-imposed emergency," the artistic equivalent of finding a loved one pinned under a 3,000-pound car.

...what may resonate most with other poets is the courage she has shown, year after year, to embrace those "emergencies" and follow them wherever they've led, even when it seemed that no one but her life partner, Carol, seemed to care.

...she has taught the same subject - remedial English - at College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif., for the past 33 years.

..."If there is a [literary] game of sorts, you can win by staying home and doing the writing," she says. "Good work can make its way in this culture."

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