April 21, 2011 |
After reading a truly good poem, one finds it hard to look at the world in quite the same way again. And to share that awakening with other people in a live reading is one of the joys of the form, as the poet fills the room with transformations as though the words were reinventing themselves. This weekend, newly announced 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan joins fellow poet Billy Collins at UCLA's Royce Hall to read their work and tilt the world ever so slightly off its axis. Both are former U.S. poets laureate, and Ryan won the Pulitzer for her book "The Best of It," a collection of new and selected poems.
April 19, 2011 |
Jennifer Egan's protean novel "A Visit From the Goon Squad," which uses the music business to explore how time and technology ruthlessly reshape individual lives, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' tart, time-bending comic response to Lorraine Hansberry's landmark "A Raisin in the Sun," captured the drama prize. Among the other Pulitzer arts and literary winners, announced Monday, Ron Cherwin took the biography prize with "Washington: A Life," a candid exploration of the private and public identities of America's first president.
April 18, 2011 |
Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced Monday. "A Visit From the Goon Squad" was cited by the Pulitzer committee cited for being "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed. " The book, Egan's fifth, is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
February 13, 2011 |
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis is known for his quiet lyricism, and his latest, "Callings" (Penguin: $18 paper), is similarly contemplative and restrained. Yet beneath their reticent surface, these poems brim with big questions about vocation, regret, identity and other issues, as in "Outdoor Café": No book or paper, and no expectation A friend will be joining me later on. Just the silent acceptance of life As it flows in the talk around me. With its constant questioning of what might have been and what's been lost, "Callings" is an apt poetic companion in these uncertain and anxious economic times.
April 25, 2010 |
Book review: ‘The Best of It: New and Selected Poems' by Kay Ryan The Best of It New and Selected Poems Kay Ryan Grove: 270 pp., $24 Contemporary poetry is a bit like visual art. Much of it makes you grab your chin and nod in stumped appreciation — but you wouldn't want to live with it. Kay Ryan's work, however, hangs well no matter where it goes. Clouds, calendars, time, birds, jackrabbits. Everything her eye falls upon takes on a brisk, beautifully complete clarity.
July 17, 2008 |
Kay Ryan, award-winning poet, mountain bike rider and self-described "modern hermit," will soon be going to Washington. The Library of Congress announced today that the lifelong Californian, whose compressed, metaphysical poetry has been compared to Emily Dickinson's, will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate, starting in the fall. The appointment lasts for one year and comes with a $35,000 salary, plus $5,000 for travel, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.