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The Paris Review once asked former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan if she thought her poetry was like Emily Dickinson’s. Ryan’s response: “That question is like asking, ‘Do you think you’re much like God?’” Good answer, but it’s a dodge, don’t you think? We’re all created in God’s image, as they say, and there’s an unmistakable echo of Dickinson in Ryan’s poems: the intense concision, the inventive rhyme, the stormclouds-brewing sensibility. (It’s easy to imagine Dickinson admiring Ryan’s notion that “tenderness and rot/share a border.”) For this Dickinson birthday celebration, co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Poetry Society of America, Ryan will openly draw those connections, reading from her own work and that of her lyrical antecedent.