Monk Style

By Kay Ryan
Read by Pedja Muzijevic

In practice, it took 45 minutes to get his stride.
It was hard for Monk to play Monk.

—National Public Radio

It may be that
Monk is always
playing Monk but
down the hall.

There are
long corridors
as in a school.

Monk must
approach himself,
join himself
at the bench
and sit awhile.

Then slip his
hands into his
hands Monk


Directed by Matthew Thompson.

"Monk Style" by Kay Ryan, from Erratic Facts (Open Road / Grove/Atlantic, 2015). Used by permission of Grove/Atlantic.