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Dutch

Much of life
is Dutch
one-digit
operations

in which
legions of
big robust
people crouch

behind
badly cracked
dike systems

attached
by the thumbs

their wide
balloon-pantsed rumps
up-ended to the
northern sun

while, back
in town, little
black-suspendered
tulip magnates
stride around.

—Kay Ryan

from Say Uncle, 2000
Grove Press, New York, NY

Copyright 2000 by Kay Ryan.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Grove Press from Say Uncle. Copyright 2000 by Kay Ryan. For further permissions information, fax Grove / Atlantic, Inc., 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, 212-614-7886

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About the Poet

Kay Ryan (1945- ) was born in 1945 in San Jose, California, and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. For more than 30 years, she taught remedial English at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Ryan’s poems are known for their brevity, wit, and frequent use of slant and internal rhymes. Her most recent book is The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010). "Poetry for the Mind's Joy," included a poetry-writing contest, a videoconference with students at community colleges, and designation of April 1 as Community College Poetry Day. The events were sponsored by the Library, in collaboration with the Community College Humanities Association.

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