“Outsider” Poet Kay Ryan Goes from Poetry Club Reject to Poet Laureate

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The cat might have got your tongue, but you can’t avoid the elephant in the room while you wait for the other shoe to drop. After all, the early bird gets the worm and the chickens are circling. After researching Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and her poems, ask your young poets to emulate Ryan by rehabilitating clichés and creating playful gems. Everything you need to explore the life and work of this poet, who often views life from the outside, is included in the resource packet.

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  • Links provided for audio and video of Ryan reading her poems
  • Includes activities as well as discussion and research questions
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  • Several of the provided resource links are broken