“Dutch” by Kay Ryan
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
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.
from Say Uncle, 2000
Grove Press, New York, NY
Copyright 2000 by Kay Ryan.
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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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