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  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556592078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556592072
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,090,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of sardonic, crafty poems questions the role of convention in everyday life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rudi on 28 Oct. 2012
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Ruth Stone was born on June 8, 1915, in Roanoke, Virginia.
She wrote various poetry books, some were awarded prizes, e.g.: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.
This book, In the Next Galaxy (2002), received the 2010 National Book Award.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
In the Next Galaxy: A Micro and Macro Poetic Vision 5 Nov. 2003
By Burgess Needle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After reading Ruth Stone's "In the Next Galaxy" I was reminded of the cinematography of the Eames brothers - specifically their film, "Powers of Ten," where the camera manages to convey in a minimum of frames just how far out into space or how far down into atomic structure the images change by following multiples of ten. Indeed, here is Ruth Stone looking upward and transforming some wind-whipped trash and a squadron of crows into "...the gaity of flying paper/and the black high flung patterns of flocking birds." Hers is a vital creative vision that makes magic within the imagery of a poem and an alchemy takes place. As the Eames lens went from outer space into the orbits of electrons, Ruth Stone follows wooden piles that are "...driven deep into the sand (and) are at last exposed,/ Their thin bones fragile as tiny star fish." Here is poetry that lures us out to swim through the senses, but never allows us to drown in the mere voluptuousness of the universe. There is inevitably a cool intellectual awareness that suddenly pulls us out on to the shore of consciousness where we, the readers, all lie chilled on the sand talking to ourselves in simple banalities, saying "Oh, my God. That's beautiful. How did she EVER think to compare those....?" But, then you realize the sun is down, you're alone on the beach, and it's time to go in.
Burgess Needle, Retired Tucson Librarian and Former co-director of The Southern Arizona Writing Project
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Winner of at least two national awards 10 Jan. 2003
By Matthew D. Johnson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From Inside BU: A few weeks after winning the National Book Award, poet Ruth Stone, Bartle emerita professor of English, has won the Academy of American Poets' Wallace Stevens Prize. Given annually, the $150,000 award, which was announced December 23, recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Stone, 87, said she was "stunned, humbled and made jubilant" by the recognition. In explaining why the committee chose Stone, former Vermont Poet Laureate Galway Kinnell, one of the prize's five judges, wrote: "Ruth Stone's poems startle us over and over with their shapeliness, their humor, their youthfulness, their wild aptness, their strangeness, their sudden familiarity, the authority of their insights, the moral gulps they prompt, their fierce exactness of language and memory. Her poems are experiences, not the record of experiences. They are events, interactions between the poet and the world. They happen - there on the page before us and within us - surprising and inevitable."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
What Szymborska is to Polish.. 7 Sept. 2003
By Nearly Nubile - Published on
Format: Hardcover
...Ruth Stone is to English. In The Next Galary is yet another compendium of crackling wit, interrogating history from the vantage point of an aging (and impoverished?) woman -- Ruth is 86. Fluffy love poetry is not high on Stone's agenda, this is razor sharp and yet misleadingly simple, almost conversational, compilation of heavy themes wrapped in very light poems.
If you have a thing for poetry and haven't yet read Ruth Stone, this is as good a place to start as any. If you have read her already, this review is meaningless, you already know you ought to get this anthology too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A humane down- to- earth voice 19 Sept. 2010
By Shalom Freedman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Here are some lines of Ruth Stone's poetry I liked. The first example is from the poem 'Wanting'.

To want is to believe
there is something worth getting
Whereas gettig only show
worthless the thing is.
And this is why destruction
is so useful.
It gets rid of what was wanted
and so makes room
for more to be wanted.

And this is from the poem I most liked in this collection, "Shapes"

In the longer view it doesn't matter
However, it's that having lived, it matters.
So that every death breaks you apart.
You find yourself weeping at the door
of your own kitchen, overwhemled
by loss. And you find yourself weeping
as you pass the homeless person
head in hands resigned on a cement
step, the wire basket on wheels right there.

There is a plainness and straighforwardness in this voice, a clarity of surface which makes the poems readable and understandable.
But there is not something which I look for in the work of every poet I read, and find in very few i.e. lines which make me want to hold them in my mind forever, to make them my own and part of my personal world. But that is my feeling and my guess is others feel differently about the lines of this fine poet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
On closure, vulnerability and Stone's courage to address the unresolved 5 Mar. 2013
By Rachel Mickelson - Published on
Format: Paperback
What I love about Ruth Stone is her courage to draw fragile moments from the ether of the past and confront them. Her work exhibits a rare strength with its perseverance through sorrow and continuous returning to the theme of her husband’s suicide which, despite its fact, still feels as though it exists in some other realm of impossibility. In a world in which we are expected to heal and move on with our lives, Stone reminds us that closure cannot always be attained, that a cause cannot always be traced from an outcome. Justice becomes an idea we carry in our minds—nothing in reality we can seek retribution for, nothing we can ask the dead about. The fact is: things occur that we simply never get over.

It's fitting, then, that the majority of the poems in this collection are contained in one pillar of words--conflicting remembrances layered inside one solitary body.

Despite her internal purgatory, the gray feelings, the ambiguous responses to these tragedies, Stone maintains a cold and graceful solidity in addressing unresolved life. Her last name is fitting for her style: smooth, enduring and tangible enough to fit in the palm of a hand then be released, praised, as it skips over the distorted reflections of self.
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