Spring 1985 • Vol. VII No. 2 Poetry |

That Gentleness

The hand which would hook birds from the sky and pin strong fishes, the heart which would run with wild horses, the eye which would swallow light -- all the arteries of want collaborate to a gentleness at what can be kissed. The most violent lovers say this.

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Kay Ryan became the sixteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2008. Raised in the San Joaquin Valley and Mojave Desert, Ryan spent her professional career teaching English at College of Marin in Kentfield, California and writing poems. Her collections have earned numerous awards, including a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and several Pushcart Prizes. Her books include Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (1983), Strangely Marked Metal (1985), Elephant Rocks (1996) and Say Uncle (2000).

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