Sharks' TeethAnd then another, with another biological metaphor...Everything contains somesilence. Noise getsits zest from thesmall shark's-toothshaped fragmentsof rest angledin it. An hourof city holds maybea minute of theseremnants of a timewhen silence reigned,compact and dangerousas a shark. Sometimesa bit of a tailor fin can stillbe sensed in parks.
-- Kay Ryan
SilenceHaving now gotten a hold of The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (from the library), my chief complaint about it is that it's new and selected and not collected: it feels too thin, the contents too brief. I just want to buy her oeuvre and not have to bother with lots of different volumes.
Silence is not snow,
It cannot grow
deeper. A thousand years
of it are thinner
than paper. So
we must have it
when we feel trapped
-- Kay Ryan (from The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, p. 125)
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