Pondering themes that run the gamut from feminism to flora and fauna, Ruth Stone's "sly, subtle, exuberant, poignant, bawdy and bitter" poems (according to fellow poet Sandra Gilbert) have made a lasting impression on poetry lovers for over four decades.
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Also Known As:
Ruth Perkins Stone
Goshen, Vermont and Binghamton, New York
Date of Birth:
June 8, 1915
Place of Birth:
University of Illinois (no degree); B.A., Radcliffe Institute of Independent Study at Harvard University
National Book Critics Circle Award for Ordinary Words, 2000; National Book Award for In the Next Galaxy, 2002
Ruth Stone's official web site
|A Feminist Force|
|A lifelong feminist, Stone once mused in an interview with Poetry Daily, "I remember men used to tell me, 'oh, your work is wonderful; you don't write like a woman, you write like a man.' Not true. I write like a woman. I never have written like a man. Why did they say I wrote like a man?... I just think it's a crazy thing to say. I don't know what it means. They want to put women down, yet they have to praise me, so they say I write like a man."|
|Stone's Other Award-Winner||About the Poet|
Stone won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Eric Mathieu King Award in 2000 for this volume that features 60 poems ranging from the story of a spunky grandmother to the poet's thoughtful, lyrical reflections on the passage of time.
|The House Is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone|
Sandra M. Gilbert (Editor)
This collection of essays from writers who have known Stone throughout her career as a poet -- including Leslie Fiedler, Sharon Olds, Willis Barnstone, and Diane Wakoski -- also features insightful critical reviews of Stone's work.
|Photo by David Carlson||