Look to the Future
Ruth Stone Reading from Ordinary Words and Simplicity
This rare salon recording of Ruth Stone presents the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet, reading from her award-winning Ordinary Words and Simplicity, the collection that many of Stone's most ardent admirers consider her "perfect" book. This CD includes a moving new printed introduction to the poet by Stone's beloved granddaughter, poet Bianca Stone. Capturing the world of Stone's "Poetry House," Look to the Future presents the multidimensional genius, originality, and lyric beauty of Ruth Stone in her own voice, as she reads her favorite poems from both volumes, with a finch occasionally singing beside her.
About the Authors
Ruth Stone is the author of 13 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 lived in Vermont until her death in 2011. Bianca Stone is the granddaughter of Ruth Stone. She grew up in Vermont, often living with Ruth Stone in her farmhouse in Goshen, VT. Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of the poetry collections Someone Else's Wedding Vows, Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours, and multiple chapbooks. She is a contributing artist for Anne Carson's Antigonick. With her husband, the poet Ben Pease, Stone co-edits the small poetry press Monk Books, and is executive director of The Ruth Stone Foundation, an organization dedicated to the furthering of poetry and the arts and preserving Ruth Stone's legacy and house in Vermont.
"A new release of this recording features an essay by Bianca Stone, whose work is included in Best American Poetry 2011 (Scribner). She writes, 'There was something extraordinary in Grandma's presence when she read her poems aloud. This other person emerged, a battle-axe with my grandmother's reading glasses on, one moment cursing the abyss, and the next laughing into it. She taught me about intensity and humor. It was as if her poems carried her through all the tragedy and comedy in life, and in front of an audience she lifted her listeners up and carried them along with her.'"—The Boston Globe
Other Titles by Ruth Stone
Other Titles in POETRY / American / General
poems by Peter Filkins
Apr 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
Dec 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback