Kay Ryan

Folger Poetry Board Reading

Tuesday, May 07, 2019, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre
“Witty, rebellious, and yet tender, [her poetry is] a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.” —Pulitzer Prize citation
In this annual reading, a distinguished poet shares favorite poems by other poets and reads from her own work.
Known for compact gems of poetry and a swift and cogent style, Kay Ryan won the Pulitzer Prize for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems. Her other books are Flamingo Watching, The Niagara River, and Say Uncle, among others. A former US Poet Laureate, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. She currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
"Token Loss"
To the dragon
any loss is
total. His rest 
is disrupted
if a single 
jewel encrusted
goblet has
been stolen.
The circle
of himself
in the nest
of his gold
has been
broken. No
loss is token.
 “Token Loss” from Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan© 2016. Reprinted by permission of Grove Atlantic Press.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.