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Look to the Future: Ruth Stone Reading from Ordinary Words and Simplicityby Ruth Stone
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Look to the Future presents ninety-six-year-old Ruth Stone, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet, in a rare "salon" recording of NBCC Award-winning Ordinary Words with Simplicity (the collection that many of Stone's most ardent admirers consider her "perfect" book). The CD includes a moving new introduction by Ruth Stone's beloved granddaughter, poet Bianca Stone. Capturing the world of Stone's "Poetry House," Look to the Future exemplifies the multidimensional genius, originality, and beauty of Ruth Stone—in her own voice, as she reads her favorite poems from both volumes, with a finch occasionally singing beside her.
Ruth Stone is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems; National Book Award-winning In the Next Galaxy; National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Ordinary Words; and Simplicity. She is recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Cerf Lifetime Achievement Award, a Whiting Award, and others. Stone is professor emeritus of poetry at Binghamton University. She lives in Vermont, where she recently served as Poet Laureate.
Bianca Stone, Ruth Stone's granddaughter, is a poet and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of the Ladder Poetry Reading Series in New York City, an editor at Monk Books, and the author of the chapbook Someone Else's Wedding Vows and the blog Poetry Comics.
Ruth Stone's award-winning poems accompanied by a rare and compelling CD recording of her reading from this groundbreaking collection.
About the Author
Ruth Stone is the author of nine books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-finalist What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems; National Book Award-winning In the Next Galaxy; National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Ordinary Words; and Simplicity. She is also the recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets; two Guggenheim Fellowships; the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry magazine; the Shelley Memorial Award; and the Vermont Cerf Award for lifetime achievement in the arts. Stone is professor emeritus of poetry at Binghamton University. At the age of 95, she lives in Vermont, where she continues to write poetry.
Bianca Stone is the granddaughter of Ruth Stone. She grew up in Vermont, often living with Ruth Stone in her farmhouse in Goshen. Bianca Stone is now a poet and illustrator, based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in poetry from NYU, and is the creator and curator of the Ladder Poetry Reading Series in NYC. She is an editor of Monk Books and author of the chapbook Someone Else's Wedding Vows, and the blog, Poetry Comics. Her poems have been published in Crazyhorse, The Green Mountain Review, Agriculture Reader, Conduit, The Patterson Literary Review, Fou, pax Americana, and Elimae.
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