Poetry in Motion

Los Angeles

Reverse Drama

Kay Ryan
A lime green and purple poster features a poem titled Reverse Drama, by Kay Ryan.

Lightning, but not bright.
Thunder, but not loud.
Sometimes something
in the sky connects
to something in the ground
in ways we don't expect
and more or less miss except
through reverse drama:
things were heightened
and now they're calmer.

"Reverse Drama" by Kay Ryan from
The Niagara River. Copyright © 2005 by Kay Ryan. Reprinted with the permission of Grove Press.