In the house

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Our own Kay Ryan will be in the house- the White House on Wednesday, July 10 to receive the National Humanities Medal. She is being honored “for her contributions as a poet and educator. A former poet laureate of the United States, her witty and compact verse infused with subtle wordplay, reminds us of the power of language to evoke wisdom from the ordinary,” the White House said in its press release. Inaugurated in 1997, the National Humanities Medal recognizes individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.

Electric Works is honored to have collaborated with her and Tucker Nichols to produce a broadside of her poem Blandeur.

BLANDEUR

If it please God,
let less happen.
Even out Earth’s
rondure, flatten
Eiger, blanden
the Grand Canyon.
Make valleys
slightly higher,
widen fissures
to arable land,
remand your
terrible glaciers
and silence
their calving,
halving or doubling
all geographical features
toward the mean.
Unlean against our hearts.
Withdraw your grandeur
from these parts.