In the Dark

In the Dark

by Ruth Stone
     
 

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In the follow-up to her National Book Award winning In the Next Galaxy, Ruth Stone returns to issues of memory, aging, and loss. Balancing her own personal history against profound political and cultural changes, she continues with direct witty poems which do not flinch when addressing issues of power and oppression. She has been called a "people's poet" and…  See more details below

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In the follow-up to her National Book Award winning In the Next Galaxy, Ruth Stone returns to issues of memory, aging, and loss. Balancing her own personal history against profound political and cultural changes, she continues with direct witty poems which do not flinch when addressing issues of power and oppression. She has been called a "people's poet" and "America's Akhmatova," writing a poetry of everyday life which recasts the mundane as important and indispensable. When asked whether poets improve with age Stone, 89, replied: "There's no question. If your brain goes on and on, as it should under normal conditions, there's more in it and your writing will get more profound."

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Library Journal
At 89, award-winning poet Stone (In the Next Galaxy) continues to write and publish. Her new volume concerns loss of vision and other faculties diminished by age: "the hand trembles,/ and the three-dimensional/ words in their electrical/ circuits come to the gates/ and find them locked." She pins down the homely details of everyday life with deadpan humor: "Your gray glasses are for playing the piano./ Your brown glasses, for strong reading./ Nothing but sugar in the cupboard./ That's when the voice from the galaxy/ comes back, saying praise be, it had a good/ sleep; it is ready to translate." While this late work lacks some of the sharp edge and linguistic energy of the earlier poems, there is a kind of gorgeous ease in poems like "My Mother's Phlox," where flowers sent by the poet via UPS merge seamlessly with mother love and poetry, gifts that "need almost no care./ They cast their seed. They thrive on neglect." For all poetry collections. E.M. Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine LLP Law Lib., New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556592508
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Stone is the author of nine books of poetry, for which she has received the National Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award. She taught creative writing at many universities, finally settling at SUNY Binghamton. She lives in Vermont.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Vermont and Binghamton, New York
Date of Birth:
June 8, 1915
Place of Birth:
Roanoke, Virginia
Education:
University of Illinois (no degree); B.A., Radcliffe Institute of Independent Study at Harvard University

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