Ordinary Words

Ordinary Words

by Ruth Stone

Hardcover(1 ED)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780963818393
Publisher: Paris Press
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.51(d)

About 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.


Goshen, Vermont and Binghamton, New York

Date of Birth:

June 8, 1915

Place of Birth:

Roanoke, Virginia


University of Illinois (no degree); B.A., Radcliffe Institute of Independent Study at Harvard University

Read an Excerpt


In our loss we accepted the strange shape of things
as though it had meaning for us,
as though we moved slowly over the acreage,
as though the ground modulated like water.
The floors and the cupboards slanted to the West,
the house sinking toward the evening side of the sky.
The children and I sitting together waiting,
there on the back porch, the massive engine
of the storm swelling up through the undergrowth,
pounding toward us.

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