Kay Ryan wins the Pulitzer for her poetry

Just because she won the award, it doesn’t mean she isn’t a fine poet. She won the Pulitzer for “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.” This is one of her poems:

THINGS SHOULDN’T BE SO HARD

A life should leave
deep tracks:
ruts where she
went out and back
to get the mail
or move the hose
around the yard;
where she used to
stand before the sink,
a worn-out place;
beneath her hand
the china knobs
rubbed down to
white pastilles;
the switch she
used to feel for
in the dark
almost erased.
Her things should
keep her marks.
The passage
of a life should show;
it should abrade.
And when life stops,
a certain space—
however small —
should be left scarred
by the grand and
damaging parade.
Things shouldn’t
be so hard.

“Things Shouldn’t Be So Hard” from The Niagara River by Kay Ryan, Copyright © 2005 by Kay Ryan. Used by permission of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

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3 Comments to “Kay Ryan wins the Pulitzer for her poetry”

  1. YES! A statement beautifully made!

  2. I loves me wee sister, Annie, so I sent her this poem. She wrote back and said: “Tom and I won poetry reading tickets last year at the Senior Advocacy Benefit. It was a reading with Kay Ryan and Billy Collins. I really like her poems and particularly this one. It’s right up there with yours.” Now, I loves me sis a whole bunches of hugs.

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