Kay Ryan, the lesbian poet who is now serving as U.S. poet laureate, speaks in a warmly insightful video portrait from the American Academy of Poets. In the video, Ryan reads and discusses her poetry -- including an excerpt that was reprinted in the popular cartoon Boondocks.
Ryan, who lives in Marin County, California, was appointed U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress last fall. The official announcement notes her status as a lesbian simply by stating, “Her partner of 30 years is Carol Adair.”
Ryan’s poem “Backward Miracle” offers a food for thought as Easter approaches. Ryan breathes new life into Christian themes, starting with the cup of wine shared by Jesus at the Last Supper. She also revisits the multiplication of bread and fishes, the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. The poem appears in her book “Niagara River” and is posted now at the Jesus in Love Blog.
Visit the Jesus in Love Blog to read “Backward Miracle,” plus more info and links on Ryan.