From Library Journal
These poems are marked with the powerful but idiosyncratic influence of Marianne Moore, whose unique style is echoed in Ryan's elliptically compressed syntax and high-toned ironic stance ("There is such a thing as/too much tolerance/for unpleasant situations,/a time when the gentle/teasing out of threads/ceases to be pleasing/to a woman born for conquest." But unlike Moore, who knew how to modulate her astringency, Ryan's cramped syllabics have a monotonous density that too often mistakes sound for sense: "Green was the first color/to get out of the water,/leaving the later blue/and preceding yellow/which had to follow/because of fall." Occasionally, there is a clever charm in her descriptions. A garden snake is "born sans puff or rattle/he counts on persiflage/in battle"). Overall, however, these poems are derivative and lacking in substance. Not recommended.Christine Stenstrom, Shea & Gould Law Lib., New York
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An American original. --The Yale Review<br /><br />Fine poems that inspire us with poetry's greatest gifts: the music of language and the force of wisdom. --Annie Dillard<br /><br />I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield
I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield
An American original. --The Yale Review