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What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems Paperback – 10 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (10 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852248416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852248413
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her 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. --Galway Kinnell

Ruth Stone is a true US original. Now aged 93 and almost blind, she is still writing poetry of extraordinary variety and radiance - fierce feminist and political poems and hilarious send-ups, meditations on ageing, love and loss. I had the privilege of meeting her in September, just after reading the American edition of WHAT LOVE COMES TO, by far the most spirited, mysterious, wise, funny, defiant and deeply moving book of poetry that I have read in ages. --Neil Astley, Morning Star (Books of the Year)

Ruth Stone is a true US original. Now aged 93 and almost blind, she is still writing poetry of extraordinary variety and radiance - fierce feminist and political poems and hilarious send-ups, meditations on ageing, love and loss. I had the privilege of meeting her in September, just after reading the American edition of WHAT LOVE COMES TO, by far the most spirited, mysterious, wise, funny, defiant and deeply moving book of poetry that I have read in ages. --Neil Astley, Morning Star (Books of the Year)

About the Author

Ruth Stone was born in Virginia in 1915, and lived in rural Vermont for much of her life. In 1959, after her husband committed suicide, she had to raise three daughters alone, all the time writing what she called her 'love poems, all written to a dead man' who forced her to 'reside in limbo' with her daughters. For 20 years she travelled the US, teaching creative writing at many universities. A greatly loved teacher, she was still working into her 80s. She won many awards and honours, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Eric Mathieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whiting Award (with which she bought plumbing for her house), two Guggenheim Fellowships (one of which roofed the house), the Delmore Schwartz Award, the Cerf Lifetime Achievement Award from the state of Vermont, and the Shelley Memorial Award. She died in 2011, aged 96.


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