The Best of It
New and Selected Poems
By Kay Ryan
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802145215, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
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Kay Ryan’s recently concluded two-year term as the Library of Congress’s sixteenth poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poether awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Ryan’s The Best of It: New and Selected Poems has garnered lavish praise. The two hundred poems in The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poemsall of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers.