What love comes to : new & selected poems

by Ruth Stone

Paper Book, 2008





Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2008.


What Love Comes To gathers nearly half a century of poems from a National Book Award-winning poet who, over the course of her career, has written in a wide range of voices and forms. Drawing from eleven previous volumes, this collection offers a trajectory through that career, presenting Ruth Stone from her early formal lyrics, through fierce feminist and political poems, to her most recent meditations on blindness and aging. Stone, at age ninety-two, returns often to the theme of loss in her work, all the while maintaining what the Vermont poet laureate nominations committee calls "a sense of survival surpassing poverty and grief. ... Her poetry's irrepressible humor and intellectual curiosity are unique among contemporary American poets."

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LibraryThing member dasam
Ruth Stone's poetry is under appreciated---she stands as one of the more consistently excellent poets of the 20th and early 21st Centuries. Her clarity of language and imagery, her personally honest but not indulgently confessional subjects, and the starling quality of her poetry from across multiple decades all argue for her verse to be read.… (more)


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