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5.0 out of 5 stars an essential book, 27 May 2009
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This review is from: What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems (Paperback)
What Love Comes To is a major achievement. In publishing terms, it is a beautiful book, with a gorgeous cover, generously set, to show to best advantage this collection of astonishing poetry that spans this 87 year old American's career. I wish I had discovered Ruth Stone years ago.
Sharon Olds, it seems, is the sole representative allowed to flourish in the UK of a certain wonderful kind of American poetry: the apparently plain-speaking but never simple poetry, which is sensual but speaks also to the intellect. This is a book where virtuoso use of language and wisdom meet: here we have 357 pages of poems which exhilarate in the possibilities they offer. How wonderful that this poet brings such freshness to poetry, even in her eighth decade: this is writing stripped of the narrowness and pretension that cripples so much of our UK writing. Ruth Stone writes accessibly of love, of lived experience, of ordinary life; but her poems are anything but ordinary. Attentive, wayward, and above all intelligent, they take possession of you. You will return to this book again and again, with pleasure and understanding; like me you will wonder where she's been all your life.
Sharon Olds introduces the book and gives some context for the Ruth Stone novice, which is very helpful. What is particularly interesting is that the new collection, after which the whole book is named, is as vigorous and fascinating as the selections from her earlier books, which go all the way back to 1959. Age has not wearied her, nor drearied her; an exhilarating aspect of her work in itself. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's my desert island book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeper, 3 May 2014
This review is from: What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems (Paperback)
Rather on the large side for a selected but nowise a collected, this is one of those curious beasts a New and.. If you're new to Stone's work and you begin at the beginning, you're liable to be put off. Save the recent work for later, skip the first two books and launch right in with Cheap, or maybe towards the end of Topography - around page 100 anyway. At the end you can turn back to read the late work. By then, if you're like me, you'll be hungry for everything she's written - a modest voice, perhaps, but an enduring one
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