Michael Ryan This Morning

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This Morning

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“Unlike too many poets who tumble into print at the first twitch of feeling, Michael Ryan takes time to listen to himself, and such listening contributes immeasurably to the subtlety of his address to the reader . . . [He] reminds us on every page that poems can be about lives, and about them in ways most urgent and delicate.” —William H. Pritchard, The Nation

“The twin ancient powers of poetry are story and song,” Michael Ryan said in a recent interview. “I like a lot of both.” And both are here in This Morning in glorious abundance: graceful complex narratives and tight formal lyrics, edgy humor, affecting music, and insistent clarity always in the service of the heart. He can be deeply funny and extremely moving, often at the same time. No other living poet possesses Ryan’s range of tone and technique in rendering the great subjects of art and life: sex, mortality, loss, and love (both conjugal and paternal). Even his most apparently autobiographical writing penetrates to the universal subject within it. Like Dickinson in her poetry, his personal life interests him primarily as an instance of human life. His artistic discipline is thus a spiritual discipline, and the vital spirit infusing these poems rises from the depths of isolation transformed by the joy of loving other people persistently and generously. This Morning is the work of a contemporary American master.

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Praise for Michael Ryan’s New and Selected Poems

“Clearly Ryan is a poet who’s prepared to wait until the poem, and the book, are just right, and his reward is that his work shows a steady deepening, a classical precision of language. Always the reader senses Ryan not just making poems but using poetry to scrutinize experience with a strange honesty. He is a poet to read and reread.”—Grevel Lindop, Poetry London

“Ryan is a scrupulously observant poet with a gift for going for the jugular. A ravenous spiritual appetite drives his best work. He has mastered at least two contemporary modes. One is a taut, Larkinesque lyric. Another is a free-verse narrative that takes an odd anecdote and interrogates it to uncover its significance with a large sweep and unremitting tension. He puts individuals before us so that we can’t look away or forget them. His work is finely honed, provocative, questing, and humane.”—Edward Hirsch, Washington Post Book World
New and Selected Poems includes pain and fear but also surprise, joy, laughter, everything human.”—David Kirby, New York Times Book Review


New and Selected Poems reminds us how much we have relied on this poet to forge a path for us in plain style. His much-praised “ear” and his sense of music and formal structure are represented here as well as his notorious take-no-prisoners humor. We are in the presence of a compassionate and morally aware sensibility, the poems of a grown-up poet.”—Carol Muske-Dukes, Los Angeles Times

“Ryan’s poems have always felt as if they needed to be written. They seem to exist because of some pressure to respond, not because of a facility for language alone. This is a rare quality among poets. The commitment to it is as hard-won, and real, as any you are likely to find in poetry.”—David Rivard, American Poetry Review

About the Author:

Michael Ryan is the author of four volumes of poetry, two memoirs, and a collection of essays. He is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of California, Irvine, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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