Flamingo Watching

Flamingo Watching

by Kay Ryan
     
 

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Poetry. Kay Ryan's second book, nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize in 1995. "An extraordinary book, one that penetrates to the bone. I cannot recommend it highly enough"--Jane Hirshfield.

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Poetry. Kay Ryan's second book, nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize in 1995. "An extraordinary book, one that penetrates to the bone. I cannot recommend it highly enough"--Jane Hirshfield.

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Library Journal
These poems are marked with the powerful but idiosyncratic influence of Marianne Moore, whose unique style is echoed in Ryan's elliptically compressed syntax and high-toned ironic stance ("There is such a thing as/too much tolerance/for unpleasant situations,/a time when the gentle/teasing out of threads/ceases to be pleasing/to a woman born for conquest." But unlike Moore, who knew how to modulate her astringency, Ryan's cramped syllabics have a monotonous density that too often mistakes sound for sense: "Green was the first color/to get out of the water,/leaving the later blue/and preceding yellow/which had to follow/because of fall." Occasionally, there is a clever charm in her descriptions. A garden snake is "born sans puff or rattle/he counts on persiflage/in battle"). Overall, however, these poems are derivative and lacking in substance. Not recommended.-Christine Stenstrom, Shea & Gould Law Lib., New York
Dana Gioia
A book of poems so ingeniously inventive that it reminds me of why I love poetry.
The Hungry Mind Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780914278641
Publisher:
Copper Beech Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
63
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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