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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; First Printing edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556592108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556592102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The dark Stone alludes to in the title of her ninth book of poetry might be the advancing twilight of her failing sight, but then again, to be in the dark is to be unenlightened, ignorant of some necessary truth. Of course, the dark can also be consoling, and Stone does love the glimmering night sky. So she evokes many shades of darkness as she looks back on a long life, although there is little to indicate that this pithy, punning, fractal-dazzled poet is, in fact, entering her 90s. Except for her long perspective, and the keen awareness of how much the texture of our lives has changed over the decades without our becoming at all relevant to the churning cosmos. Stone appeals to the mind's eye and the physical ear, each word tested for ripeness like fruit, each a perfectly held note. Wry animal parables, spare and intense dramas, gorgeous nature lyrics, and bracing metaphysical musings constitute a clarion collection by a National Book Award-winning, and profoundly rewarding, poet. Donna Seaman
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About the Author

Ruth Stone is the author of nine books of poetry, for which she has received the National Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award. She taught creative writing at many universities, finally settling at SUNY Binghamton. She lives in Vermont.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
IN THE DARK by Ruth Stone. Copper Canyon Press, PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368; [...] angela@coppercanyonpress.org. 110+x pp. $22.00 hardcover, ISBN 1-55659-210-8.

Ruth Stone is 89, and nearly totally blind. At this age and with this condition, memories make up the substance of her life. For her, memory is virtually a sensation; memory brings her into an intimacy with her surroundings and her past. Feelings and moods are not transient for her. Rather, they are entire universes of different aspects of the world and existence. The "sadness of things/speaks for you." (from "Interim") The flower beds and lawns of a small college--one where Stone likely taught at one time--intone the "quiet authority of culture." (from "Border") The title is somewhat ironic, for Stone illumines her subjects in an almost preternatural way.
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By Really a Reader on August 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
More shades of twilight here than darkness. A poet of quotidian capabilities and ironic displacements. "In the Dark" is the only Stone book of poems I have read. When I read some others, I hope that I will be surprised by something new and unexpected.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Savage on September 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ruth Stone's poetry has often been seen as melancholic or "dark" ; but her more recent pieces have an edge, a fierceness of diction and imagery that startles the reader.
"Living in hell, as I do,
the devil lies in my ear.
Violent endings, devastation,
I am either the shipped out cargo ..." ("The Jewels") etc.

Her National Book Award "In the Next Galaxy" carries her voice to greater peaks still. That voice will never grow old... different, yes, but rejuvenated.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Mcentee on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ruth Stone's poetry is inspiring,yet bitter in it's message on aging and loosing one's sight...
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Maroney on January 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ruth Stone's collection of poems, In the Dark, has no real punch. The verse it not particularly inspirational, the language and subject matter not unique, crackling, creative or pungent. In fact, there are few surprises here for the true lover of language. The narrative voice is muddled and confused. The sense of trajectory of the collection is bogged down and sluggish. Overall, this collection is a real disappointment for both fans of poetry or Ruth Stone's work.
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