Kay Ryan is a classic poet, which is to say that shes spent a lot of time working as a teacher at a community college. Because she also recently Pulitzered, she is a living middle finger to the stupid aphorism about those who can and cant do. Ryan is a two-time U.S. poet laureate and is known for the short form, rhyming, sweetness, and having a sense of humor. The Wall Street Journal asked the Fairfax resident what she did when she found out shed won, and her answer, although not a poem, is poetry: I dropped in at the variety store and told them, I just won a Pulitzer, and the clerk she was just restocking the kaleidoscope department sent me home with a little gold kaleidoscope. Tonight shes interviewed onstage at a City Arts & Lectures event by Steven Winn and reads from the collection that won her the bling, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.
Mon., May 9, 8 p.m., 2011