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Michael Ryan’s New and Selected Poems is the first collection to appear in fifteen years from this acclaimed and masterly poet. Comprising fifty-seven poems from three award-winning volumes and thirty-one brilliant new poems, it displays the wit and passion he has brought to universal themes throughout his career. In both dramatic lyrics and complex narratives, Ryan renders the world with startling clarity, freshness, and intimacy.

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Overview

Michael Ryan’s New and Selected Poems is the first collection to appear in fifteen years from this acclaimed and masterly poet. Comprising fifty-seven poems from three award-winning volumes and thirty-one brilliant new poems, it displays the wit and passion he has brought to universal themes throughout his career. In both dramatic lyrics and complex narratives, Ryan renders the world with startling clarity, freshness, and intimacy.

Ryan’s poems are filled with the stuff of everyday life: What-a-Burger, Space Invaders, “the hood ornament / on some chopped down hot rod of the apocalypse.” He observes his subjects in carefully wrought detail and with a fierce compassion, describing “stupid posters of rock stars” in the bedroom of a murdered teenager, or a homeless boy “straggle-haired, bloated, / eyes shining like ice.” As Ryan writes of others, in a final “Reminder” to himself: “their light—their light—/ pulls so surely. Let it.”

This long-awaited collection shows Ryan at the height of his powers. As William H. Pritchard said in The Nation, “Unlike too many poets who tumble into print at the first twitch of feeling, Ryan takes time to listen to himself, and such listening contributes immeasurably to the subtlety of his address to the reader . . . [He] reminds us on every page that poems can be about lives, and about them in ways most urgent and delicate.”

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"If there's any justice in the poetry world, 'My Other Self' . . . will appear in every future anthology ever compiled."—David Kirby The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
Michael Ryan's three collections-the Yale Younger-winning Threats Instead of Trees (1974), the National Poetry Series selection In Winter (1981) and the Lenore Marshall-winning God Hunger (1989)-are represented by 11, 12 and 34 pieces, respectively, in his New and Selected Poems, along with 31 new verses. In all, Ryan's straight-talking diction moves quickly from interjection to conversational analysis to terse, noirish declaration: "Oh well,/ whatever heart-bursting terror// I'm supposed to learn in dreams/ could be useful someday/ when a beloved voice screams/ and life changes utterly// No one's immune./ It's happening to someone right now./ The police, the ambulance,/ these strangers in the house." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Ryan launched his career with Threats Instead of Trees, a Yale Younger Poets winner, and since then has consistently turned out winners. He hasn't published a collection of poetry in over a decade-clearly, he prefers quality to quantity-so this new collection is welcome indeed, even as a "new and collected" work. In fact, about a third of the poems here are new, the rest representing the best of Ryan's three previous collections, which makes this a good buy for smaller collections wanting representative works of major contemporary poets as well as an important purchase for libraries that collect poetry more extensively. Ryan is notable for his perfect blend of the colloquial and the lyric, and his lines flow effortlessly to a typical one-two punch at the end. Underneath, there's always an edgy quality that time has not blunted; perhaps the new poems are a bit more laconic, ready to pounce on issues of sex, pain, and death. "I had to help with/ the wounded and haul out the dead," concludes one poem, summing up the poet's job through the ages. Highly recommended for poetry lovers everywhere.-Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618408542
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/3/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ryan is the author of three previous books of poetry. Threats Instead of Trees won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and was a National Book Award finalist in 1974; In Winter was a National Poetry Series selection in 1981; and God Hunger won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1990. He is also the author of A Difficult Grace, a collection of essays, and a memoir, Secret Life. His new memoir was excerpted in The New Yorker and will also appear this spring. Ryan is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of California, Irvine.

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Threats from Instead of Trees

Speaking

I’m speaking again as the invalid in a dark room.
I want to say thank you out loud to no one.
I want to suck my cracked lips in on the sound, as the sound dissolves slowly like a man living.

I’m painfully grateful there’s breath to make noise with, and many words have meaning. I feel lucky when hello doesn’t hurt.
On a bus, I could love anyone.

It’s not terrible to be alone.
Last night I talked to a person so haltingly I might have been looking for a word that wouldn’t change.
That made her misconstrue everything.

Did she feel what I thought she was feeling?
Did she feel me concealing the pleasure that keeps me going, as I circled that pleasure like a dog around its master?
This pleasure, for me, is speaking, as if words enclosed the secret in myself that lasts after death.

The Myth For a long time, nothing happened.
Then ancestors whispering, then fragments of a forgotten life disturbing ordinary actions: handling a stone, or bathing, you might think of the brain as a diamond.
Even thought was clear, like watching your lover explore the bottom of a deep lake.
Everyone became friends, mirroring one another’s most personal gestures.
The leaders said this happiness is round like bowls, and devised simple rituals in which touch wasn’t a form of searching—a finger’s curving could articulate anything.

Still, some looked for damage in the hard scars on our bodies.
They reminded us of the years of pain, when anticipation meant only disappointment, and any object we desired would cut brutally through the skin.
Shouldn’t we be ashamed?
Isn’t this history we imagine in that one’s ugly movement of his arms? Her clumsy legs?

Reverting to privacy, we began to see less distinctly.
Sometimes, during an intimate talk, you’d swear you caught your best friend closing his eyes, as in sadness at his own reflection.

So we tried exhaustion, swimming alone for days. Slowly we noticed our bodies becoming smooth and beautiful, and the air seemed less necessary the deeper we dove. Maybe we forgot we were actually underwater, forgetting, as we did, all harm done, all we couldn’t be for one another.

Copyright © 2004 by Michael Ryan.
Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Table of Contents

Contents

from Threats Instead of Trees, 1974

Speaking 3 The Myth 4 The Blind Swimmer 6 Pastoral 8 Prothalamion 9 Hitting Fungoes 10 Letters from an Institution 12 Deathwatch 15 This is a poem for the dead 16 A Posthumous Poetics 17 House 18

from In Winter, 1981

Poem at Thirty 21 When I Was Conceived 25 Consider a Move 26 The Pure Loneliness 27 Where I’ll Be Good 28 A Shape for It 29 A Changed Season 30 Gangster Dreams 31 Memory 32 In Winter 33 All the Time 34 Sex 35

from God Hunger, 1989

Not the End of the World 41 My Dream by Henry James 44 This Is Why 46 TV Room at the Children’s Hospice 48 The Gladiator 50 Milk the Mouse 51 Meeting Cheever 52 “Boy ‘Carrying-In’ Bottles in Glass Works” 54 Winter Drought 55 Spider Plant 57 Through a Crack 58 Sea Worms 59 The Past 61 A Burglary 62 A Splinter 71 One 73 Portrait of a Lady 75 First Exercise 77 The Ditch 79 Smoke 81 Houseflies 82 Larkinesque 83 The Crown of Frogs 85 Passion 89 Pedestrian Pastoral 92 Moonlight 93 Fire 94 Tourists on Paros 95 Crossroads Inn 96 A Postcard from Italy 97 Stone Paperweight 98 God Hunger 99 Tanglewood 100 Switchblade 102

New Poems

A Two-Year-Old Girl in a Restaurant 107 Outside 108 The Music House 109 The Use of Poetry 111 My Other Self 113 Bunny 115 Birthday 118 Ash Pit 119 Tutelary 120 In the Sink 121 Ballad of The Four Last Things 122 Chronic Severe Incurable 123 Mr. Pain Speaks for Himself 124 God 125 Wings of the Morning 126 Tribute 127 Flimsy 128 The Others 129 A Good Father 130 Every Sunday 131 A Dead Girl 132 Distant Friend 133 Dickhead 134 Complete Semen Study 136 Eschatology 138 Extended Care 139 Dream Pun on “Single Man” Before Marrying Again 140 An Old Book in Florence 142 A Version of Happiness 145 A French Café in Orange County 147 Reminder 148

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First Chapter

Threats
from Instead of
Trees

Speaking

I'm speaking again
as the invalid in a dark room.
I want to say thank you
out loud to no one.
I want to suck my cracked lips in
on the sound, as the sound
dissolves slowly like a man living.

I'm painfully grateful there's breath
to make noise with, and many words
have meaning. I feel lucky
when hello doesn't hurt.
On a bus, I could love anyone.

It's not terrible to be alone.
Last night I talked to a person
so haltingly I might have been looking
for a word that wouldn't change.
That made her misconstrue everything.

Did she feel what I thought she was feeling?
Did she feel me concealing
the pleasure that keeps me going,
as I circled that pleasure
like a dog around its master?
This pleasure, for me, is speaking,
as if words enclosed the secret
in myself that lasts after death.


The Myth
For a long time, nothing happened.
Then ancestors whispering, then fragments
of a forgotten life disturbing ordinary actions:
handling a stone, or bathing,
you might think of the brain as a diamond.
Even thought was clear, like watching your lover
explore the bottom of a deep lake.
Everyone became friends,
mirroring one another's most personal gestures.
The leaders said this happiness
is round like bowls, and devised simple rituals
in which touch wasn't a form of searching—
a finger's curving could articulate anything.

Still, some looked for damage
in the hard scars on our bodies.
They reminded us of the years of pain,
when anticipation meant only disappointment,
and any object wedesired
would cut brutally through the skin.
Shouldn't we be ashamed?
Isn't this history we imagine
in that one's ugly movement
of his arms? Her clumsy legs?

Reverting to privacy,
we began to see less distinctly.
Sometimes, during an intimate talk,
you'd swear you caught your best friend
closing his eyes, as in sadness
at his own reflection.

So we tried exhaustion, swimming alone
for days. Slowly we noticed our bodies
becoming smooth and beautiful,
and the air seemed less necessary
the deeper we dove. Maybe
we forgot we were actually underwater,
forgetting, as we did, all harm done,
all we couldn't be for one another.

Copyright © 2004 by Michael Ryan. Reprinted by permission of Houghton
Mifflin Company.
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