“The music of these poems is every bit as seductive as their reasoning. Her thinking flaunts the plush, irresistible textures of organic growth; we’d no sooner disagree with it than quarrel with a moss. Marvelous.” Timothy Donnelly, Boston Review
978-0-8021-3525-4 • $14.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1997
Engaging and secretive, provocative and profound, Kay Ryan’s poems have generated growing excitement with their appearances in The New Yorker and other leading periodicals. Sometimes gaudily ornamental, sometimes Shaker-plain, here is verse that is compact on the page and expansive in the mind. Here is verse that is serious fun.
Elephant Rocks, Kay Ryan’s third book of verse, shows a virtuoso practitioner at the top of her form. Appealing to a wide range of readers, Ryan’s work reaches out both to those who wish to be invited into a poem and to those who insist on being persistently intrigued.
Above all what distinguishes Kay Ryan as a poet is her flamboyant imagination and large ambition. she has embarked on a major poetic career, and this book confirms her as one of the most distinctive and attractive voices to come along in years.