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The new poet laureate

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Call it the triumph of the outsider.

Kay Ryan has been named the new poet laureate of the United States. It's a powerful vindication of the woman who, in her undergraduate days, was turned down for membership at her university's poetry club. Her fellow poets at UCLA, apparently, considered her too independent.

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To see a lovely interview with Ryan, click on this 2004 Monitor piece by former Monitor staffer Elizabeth Lund.