Ryan, Kay: Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose

Ryan, Kay: Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose

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Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose by Kay Ryan (Grove Press, hardcover)

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Publisher Marketing: "The first-ever collection of essays by one of our most distinguished and distinctive poets, Pulitzer Prize-winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Kay Ryan.

Synthesizing Gravity gathers for the first time a thirty-year selection of Kay Ryan's probings into aesthetics, poetics, and the mind in pursuit of art.

A bracing collection of critical prose, book reviews, and her private previously unpublished soundings of poems and poets-- including Robert Frost, Stevie Smith, Marianne Moore, William Bronk, and Emily Dickinson-- Synthesizing Gravitybristles with Ryan's crisp wit, her keen off-kilter insights, and her appetite and appreciation for the genuine. Among essays like 'Radiantly Indefensible,' 'Notes on the Danger of Notebooks,' and 'The Abrasion of Loneliness,' are piquant pieces on the virtues of emptiness, forgetfulness, and other under-loved concepts. Edited and with an introduction by Christian Wiman, this generous collection of Ryan's distinctive thinking gives us a surprising look into the mind of an American master."