Look to the Future
Ruth Stone Reading from Ordinary Words and Simplicity
Sales Date: 2012-03-27
5.50 x 5.00 in
Ruth Stone's NBCC award-winning poems captured on a rare recording of her reading from two groundbreaking collections
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.
"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