Ordinary Words

Ordinary Words

by Ruth Stone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0963818384

ISBN-13: 9780963818386

Pub. Date: 02/01/2000

Publisher: Paris Press


Ordinary Words celebrates Ruth Stone’s 84th birthday. This brilliant new collection is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Eric Mathieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets. Ordinary Words captures a unique vision of “Americana” marked by Stone’s characteristic wit, poignancy, and lyricism.…  See more details below

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Ordinary Words celebrates Ruth Stone’s 84th birthday. This brilliant new collection is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Eric Mathieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets. Ordinary Words captures a unique vision of “Americana” marked by Stone’s characteristic wit, poignancy, and lyricism. The poet addresses the environment, poverty, and aging with fearless candor and surprising humor.

Sister poet to Nobel Prize-winner Wislawa Syzmborska, Ruth Stone offers a view of her country and its citizens that is tender and wacky, filled with hard political truths as well as love, beauty, cruelty, and sorrow. Ruth Stone is a poet of the people, and poet’s poet. Her following is devoted and ever-growing. Ordinary Words shows that poetry is about everyday life, our life. Poems are set in Rutland, Vermont; Indianapolis; Chattanooga; Houston; Boise; and Troy, New York (where celluloid collars were made). Stone’s subjects are trailer parks, state parks, prefab houses, school crossing guards, bears, snakes, hummingbirds, bottled water, Aunt Maud, Uncle Cal, lost love, dry humping at the Greyhound bus terminal, and McDonald’s as a refuge from loneliness. Her heroes are dead husbands, wild grandmothers, struggling daughters: ordinary Americans leading simple and extraordinary lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963818386
Publisher:
Paris Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Good Advice1
Up There2
Words3
This4
The Dark5
Summing It Up6
19417
How They Got Her to Quiet Down8
So What9
Madison in the Mid-Sixties10
Repetition11
Perhaps12
Echoes and Shadows13
Earthquake14
Male Gorillas15
Never16
An Education in the Eighties17
Absence Proves Nothing19
So What's Wrong?20
Relatives21
Strands22
Can Cranes Cogitate?23
Aesthetics of the Cattle Farm24
Incredible Buys In25
Light Conclusions26
Uncle Cal on Fashions27
Yes, Think28
Hummingbirds29
The Ways of Daughters30
Then31
Ordinary Words32
When33
Patience34
One Thought35
Residue36
Sorting It Out37
The Trade-Off38
Romance39
Reading40
With Love41
So Be It42
In the Arboretum44
Overnight Guest46
All in Time47
Schmaltz48
The Trinity49
A Moment50
Ventriloquist51
This Space52
Unspeakable53
Vermont Nature54
Prefab55
I Meet Them57
At McDonald's in Rutland58
The Word Though as a Coupler60
Etc.61
Sitcom on the Greyhound in Rutland, Vermont62
On the Street64
At the Museum, 193865
Speculation66
Bottled Water68
Western Purdah, Inc.69
Empathy Again70
Boom71
Moving Right Along72
A Little Chart73
Prayer of Descending Order74

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