Among English Verbs

AMONG ENGLISH VERBS

by Kay Ryan


Among English verbs
is oddest in its
eagerness to be dead,
immodest in its
haste to be told --
a verb alchemical
in the head:
one speck of its gold
and a whole life's lead.


Kay Ryan is the author of four books of poetry, including Elephant Rocks (1996).


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Kay Ryan is the current U.S. Poet Laureate. Her latest collection, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, has just been published. She lives in Marin County, California.

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