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Much of life
is Dutch

in which
legions of
big robust
people crouch

badly cracked
dike systems

by the thumbs

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

while, back
in town, little
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- ) served as the U.S Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2012. She is the author of eight poetry collections, including The Best of it: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Learn more about Kay Ryan at The Poetry Foundation.