You can oversell the sea, say, or the way we miss the dead. The littlest bit of absence excites oceans. And of oceans the less said the better: the wet beyond the land: we have a built-in hair-trigger primed to understand.
Kay Ryan is a former US Poet Laureate. Her poetry collections include Erratic Facts (Grove, 2015) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove, 2010). Her many awards include a MacArthur “Genius” grant and the National Humanities Medal. A resident of Marin County, Ryan grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert, California.