Poets to benefit literary journal


Two prized poets will convene September 15 for a conversation, reading and ticketed supper hosted by Point Reyes Books and benefitting the area’s literary and art journal. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan, a MacArthur fellow and former U.S. Poet Laureate praised for her simple language, rhythm, rhyme and “sly wit,” joins Jane Hirshfield, professor and award-winning author of seven collections, at 3 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center to raise funds for the forthcoming and fifth edition of the West Marin Review. Tickets for the reading are $20; add supper at a private Point Reyes Station residence starting at 5 p.m. and pay $75. Advance reservations can be made at ptreyesbooks.com. Just as a tease, among the many poems of Ms. Ryan this writer admires, is this: “Green Hills”/ Their green flanks/ and swells are not/ flesh in any sense/matching ours,/ we tell ourselves./ Nor their green/ breast nor their/ green shoulder nor/ the languor of their/ rolling over. The poem is part of the collection Niagara River, published in 2005.