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by Kay Ryan

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RA 28.8, RA 14.4

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Also by Kay Ryan:
Emptiness (1993)
This Life (1993)

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Among English verbs
to die 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).

Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; February 1998; Among English Verbs; Volume 281, No. 2; page 76.

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