Tuesday, April 19, 2011

National Poetry Month: Kay Ryan

"Survival Skills"
Kay Ryan

Here is the virtue
in not looking up:
you will be the one
who finds the overhang
out of the sun
and something for a cup.
You will rethink meat;
you will know you have
to eat and will eat.
Despair and hope you keep
remote. You will not
think much about the boat
that sank or other boats.
When you can, you sleep.
You can go on nearly forever.
If you ever are delivered
you are not delivered.
You know now, you were
always a survivor.

"Survival Skills" appeared in the collection Say Uncle, 2000. It was announced yesterday that Kay Ryan's The Best of It: New and Selected Poems won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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