Ryan Reads You Something He Loves

May 14, 2013

I recently joined Steve Wasserman on his podcast “Read Me Something You Love” to discuss a poem by Michael Burkard, “Tooth”. In it we talk about the following: Unfolding Poems; Illogical Teeth; The Lost Son; Coming Open To Closed Poems; She is Fucking/Human (Divergent Synapses Firing); The Misery That Is Going To Pass.

Ryan on National Poetry Day

October 3, 2012

Happy (almost) National Poetry Day everybody! I wrote a blog post on my favourite poem about a star which you can read on the NPD site.

I’ll be spending NPD in Edinburgh with kids at Niddrie Primary School as part of the Craigmiller Book Festival and, in the evening, will be enjoying Inky Fingers’ Open Mic at Portobello Library featuring Robin Cairns and Fiona Lindsay.

Darkness on the Edge of Toast in the APR

September 26, 2009

File Under: Better than a Punch in the Neck

Darkness on the Edge of Toast, my often-read ode to Bruce Springsteen has been published this month in Sept/Oct issue of The American Poetry Review.The issue also features new work by Tom Sleigh, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Patrick Donnelly, Patrick Rosal, Joshua Beckman and others great poets. I particularly liked Thomas Sayers Ellis‘ poem The Judges of Craft.

The American Poetry Review has long been a favourite poetry magazine and I highly recommend a subscription. I, personally, find the work published in the APR to be consistently exciting — as in, when I pick up the APR, I always find a line or a form or an idea that stops me in my tracks, a poem which I have to read and re-read till my coffee goes cold. I am, of course, super pleased to be amongst such fine company.

The APR been publishing out of Philidelphia since 1972 and has included the work of over 1,500 writers, among whom there are nine Nobel Prize laureates and thirty-three Pulitzer Prize winners.

Please, do support the APR. You can’t read my poem on-line but subscriptions are reasonably priced for the quality of the magazine and, of course, if you don’t – who will?

If you’d like to come see me read –

I’ll be reading with the Shore Poets at The Lot in Edinburgh.

That’s Sunday September 27th, along side Ron Butlin & Christine De Luca.

There will also be music for two guitars played by Graham Cumberland and Paul Rogers.

The Lot,

4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh,

starting at 7.45pm and running for about two and a half hours.

Admission £4 (concessions £3).

Ryan to Speak at Cambridge University – June 19.

June 17, 2009

America Week at Cambridge University: Will there be hotdogs?

America Week at Cambridge University: Will there be hotdogs?

I’ve been invited to speak at an event at Cambridge University. The event, I Hear America singing: an American Poetic Revue, is part of America Week at Clare Hall and features myself and the poet Tamar Yoseloff talking about and reading works from some of our favourite contemporary American poets. There will also be free American Wine!(But will there be hot dogs?)

The Event is Friday June 19th and starts at 8pm.

For those interested but unable to make it here is the list of poets & poems ‘ll be talking about. Most of these poems / poets can be found at the Scottish Poetry Library. Do come see me at my office hours on July 7th from 4 – 6pm if you want to find out more about the following poets / poems.

Here they are in no particular order:

* Marita Garin, Huskies

* Charles Bukowski, Trouble

* Etheridge Knight, Feeling Fucked Up (from his selected works)

* Robert Pinsky, The Want Bone

* CK Williams, Insight (from The Forward Book of Poetry 1998)

* Mark Doty, Where You Are (from Sweet Machine)

* Tom Sleigh, Newsreel (from Far Side of the Earth)

* Michael Burkard, Tooth (from Unsleeping)

* Wendell Berry, The Inlet (from Given)

*Joy Harjo, We Must Call A Meeting (from In Mad Love and War)

* Cornelius Eady, I Know (I’m Losing You)(from You Don’t Miss Your Water)

* Raymond Carver, Locking Yourself Out, Then Trying to Get Back In (from All of Us)

* Sharon Olds, The Glass, (from The Father)

* Hayden Carruth, The Quality of Wine (from Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey)