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Dwight GarnerKay Ryan's poems are as slim as runway models, so tiny you could almost tweet them. Their compact refinement, though, does not suggest ease or chic. Her voice is quizzical and impertinent, funny in uncomfortable ways, scuffed by failure and loss. Her mastery, like Emily Dickinson's, has some awkwardness in it, some essential gawkiness that draws you close…The Best of It is a generous and nearly career-spanning collection of her verse (it omits poems from her earliest books), a greatest-hits album of a sort.
—The New York Times