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Author: STONE, RUTH
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Stone, Ruth    Poet's Biography
141 poems available by this author


1941    Poem Text    
First Line: I wore a large brim hat
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Memory; Relationships


A GOOD QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at these disparate shapes
Last Line: How can I live like this?
Subject(s): Cold


A PAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The black and white cat / means to get off
Last Line: Stroke his electric body.
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


A WOODCHUCK LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: To reach the university, / you park your car on rapist hill
Last Line: Who huddle near the fence, near the loading ramp.
Subject(s): Environment; Teaching & Teachers; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


ABSENCE PROVES NOTHING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Fear; Conduct Of Life; Male-female Relations


ACCEPTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Half-blind, it is al;ways twilight
Last Line: Given or what to make of them
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: My hazard wouldn't be yours, not ever
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Women


AGAIN I FIND YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: A compulsive flasher, / the limp kelp rises up
Last Line: Only the bird.
Subject(s): Drowning; Imagination; Memory; Thought; Fancy; Thinking


AGAIN-NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: This vague surreal cityscape, / not get-at-able; neither clear
Last Line: Even dreaded and unwanted quick.
Subject(s): Breath; Summer


AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the open window, a confusion
Last Line: Is deeply inhaling, exhaling its doppelgänger breath.
Subject(s): Air; Environment; Gasoline; Pollution; Sickness; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Illness


ALBANY BUS STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The same fat man with the fluorescent vest
Last Line: Pulls in to take me home to brandon.
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Travel; Vermont; Journeys; Trips


ALWAYS ON THE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Writing poems about writing poems
Last Line: And the black high flung patterns of flocking birds.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


ALWAYS YOUR SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When I remember the cold mornings
Last Line: As the metamorphosis of breath.
Subject(s): Chopin, Frederic Francois (1810-1849); Memory; Thought; Thinking


AN EDUCATION IN THE EIGHTIES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Women - Old Age; Social Classes; Caste


AN IMPRINT OF THE ROARING TWENTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a weakness for grubbing at the salvation army's discard tables
Last Line: And the cardtable-sized embroidered tablecloths
Subject(s): Divorce; Childhood Memories; Tablecloths; Alcohol & Alcoholics; Women


ANOTHER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fleeting high that lifts you
Last Line: Ball of twine, fractal of lost feathers
Subject(s): Time; Conduct Of Life


ANOTHER FEELING    Poem Text    
First Line: Once you saw a drove of young pigs
Subject(s): Pigs; Diability; Regret; Boars; Hogs


AS IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: In this squat body, / the most delicate things
Last Line: Down like snow. Oh world, I said.
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics; Old Age


AS REAL AS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Say to the mild melancholy of regret
Subject(s): Time; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


AT EIGHTY-THREE SHE LIVES ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Enclosure, steam-heated; a trial casket
Last Line: Oh, paper bird with folded wings.
Subject(s): Old Age; Solitude; Loneliness


AT THE READY    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the aerial squadron, / wheat fields are ready
Last Line: Repeating instructions to the already dead.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Military; Missions & Missionaries; War


BECOMING VEGETARIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly I am pulling my teeth
Last Line: I push my cart of rags crying, “no carrion”
Subject(s): Vegetarians


BEFORE THE BLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The elms stretched themselves in indolent joy
Last Line: Rocked in the sinewy arms of summer.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Happiness; Joy; Delight


BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In peabody museum where phoebe lagged and marcia hid
Last Line: Trying to answer, here, here, I am here
Subject(s): Bird-watching; Museums


BITS OF INFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: While her minuscule fledglings, each slightly
Last Line: Will cross the gulf of mexico, living on stored up fat.
Subject(s): Single Parents; Parents Without Partners


BREAD    Poem Text    
First Line: If you make a connection between this table and that table
Subject(s): Bread; Grandparents; Memory; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


BREATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: By day the brook is subsumed
Last Line: Sucked down in its liquid mouth.
Subject(s): Children; Collective Behavior; Noises; Childhood; Mobs; Crowds


COCKS AND MARES    Poem Text    
First Line: Every man wants to be a stud
Subject(s): Men


CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Exquisite sir, what blame rests in the wrinkles
Subject(s): Aging


COUSIN FRANCIS SPEAKS OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Buddy's uncle hiram felt bad about his sister, mable
Last Line: Is to pull the teeth.
Subject(s): Nursing Homes; Old Age; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


CURTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Putting up new curtains,
Subject(s): Landlord & Tenants; Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


DON'T MISS IT    Poem Text    
First Line: If you're looking for a heron on one leg
Last Line: Battered bodies, the good old boys left behind.
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


DREAM OF LIGHT IN THE SHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that I am married I spend
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EARTHQUAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon rises as shizu rises from her couch
Subject(s): Disasters; Earthquakes


EDEN, THEN AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: In '29 before the dust storms
Last Line: In fact, the same eden.
Subject(s): Corporate Downsizing; Depressions, Economic; Hunger; Recessions


ENTERING THE STUDENT'S POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The most beautiful videos / come from reading poetry
Last Line: The blood rushing to her forehead.
Subject(s): Exchange Students; Language Poetry; Poetry Readings; Foreign Exchange Programs


EVE, ALSO    Poem Text    
First Line: Holding in my left hand an apple;
Subject(s): Apples


EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Satan, I come across the iris bed


FOR A POSTCARD OF MY MOTHER AT THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: My oyster weeps the pearls of denouement
Subject(s): Seashore; Women - Old Age; Beach; Coast; Shore


FORECAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Isabel, I could vainly map a happy vale
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: My problem is not enough
Last Line: To another nightjar
Subject(s): Sleep; Moon


GENESIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cylinder sacks of water filling the oceans, / endless bullets of water
Last Line: It was one drop of salt water against another.
Subject(s): Memory


GETTING TO KNOW YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: We slept into one another
Last Line: We were relative strangers.
Subject(s): Marriage; Retrospection; Widows & Widowers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GOOD ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is not exactly here
Subject(s): Advice


GREEN APPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: In august we carried the old horsehair mattress
Subject(s): Apples; Summer; Family Life; Relatives


GUS       
First Line: It would usually happen at dinner
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Child Abuse


HOME MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the other end of a telescope, a long way
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Family Life; Movies; Cinema; Relatives


HOW AUNT MAUD TOOK TO BEING A WOMAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Women; Conduct Of Life


HOW THEY GOT HER TO QUIET DOWN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Conduct Of Life; Male-female Relations


HOW TO CATCH AUNT HARRIETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mary cassatt has her in a striped dress with a
Subject(s): Cassatt, Mary (1844-1926); Paintings And Painters


IN AN IRIDESCENT TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother, when young, scrubbed laundry in a tub
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Women


IN THE MADNESS OF AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the drapery of shadow I forgive
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


IN THE NEXT GALAXY    Poem Text    
First Line: Things will be different
Last Line: Blue skies and drinking water.
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


INCARNATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Every day a woman stands in her kitchen
Last Line: For the house to fall down.
Subject(s): Grief; Memory; Sorrow; Sadness


IT FOLLOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you had a lot of money
Subject(s): Money; Surgery, Plastic; Life Choices; Cosmetic Sugery; Face Lifts


JUVENILES    Poem Text    
First Line: The dragons, the scale-tailed dragons have gone away
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


LEAP FROM A FOOTNOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Miss rae huffman of the american mission
Last Line: The leopard men in cattle camps, accepting their drug-coated cheese
Subject(s): Anthropology


LEAVING MY ROOMMATES IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow falls upon snow fastening its delicate hooks
Last Line: To the subliminal sounds of ermines living in the lath.
Subject(s): Homeless; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The house across the way / facing east, light clips it
Last Line: And the body stirs and remembers.
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


LINEAR ILLUSIONS       
First Line: Some days seem significant
Last Line: Relentlessly horizontal.
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: Voice, perhaps you are the universe
Last Line: In a spasm of loneliness.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


LOOK TO THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To you born into violence
Subject(s): War; Future; Conduct Of Life


LOOKING AT YOUR HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: This shadow passing over your hand
Last Line: For a moment it can shape itself into a cup of water.
Subject(s): Hands; Mankind; Shadows; Human Race


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: This part of myself devoted to you
Last Line: The glass hearts, the transparent bodies.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love


MADISON IN THE MID-SIXTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Names, can you talk without their mirage?
Subject(s): Automobiles; Driving; Social Classes; Cars; Caste


MALE GORILLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the doughnut shop / twenty-three silverbacks
Subject(s): Masculinity (Psychology)


MANTRA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am sad / I sing, remembering
Last Line: When I forget.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


MARCH 15, 1998    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me forget / when the hanged man
Last Line: A fractal glitch, a gift from zero.
Subject(s): Students, Foreign


MESSAGES       
First Line: Instead of grazing cattle, / this range is heavy with tires
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


METAMOPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am old, all I want to do is try;
Subject(s): Old Age


METAPHORS OF THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: The play yard with its automobile tire
Last Line: Where the wind does not pause.
Subject(s): Leaves; Parks; Trees


NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother's name was nora swan
Subject(s): Ancestry & Ancestors; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NAPPING ON THE GREYHOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: It's christmas eve in texas
Last Line: "from planet zizz. ""very tasteful antennae."
Subject(s): Buses; Greyhounds; Texas; Travel; Journeys; Trips


NOT EXPECTING AN ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: This tedious letter to you
Last Line: Calligraphy, feathery asparagus.
Subject(s): Letters


OF HEROES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hero, fast in your dark monument
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


ON THE SLOW TRAIN PASSING THROUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's moody furniture and the town of moody. Also the display
Last Line: The conductor hitched up the trolley and they went on with their regular day.
Subject(s): Disasters; Fire; Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The mare roamed soft about the slope
Subject(s): Horses


OVERNIGHT GUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Waiting for your ride in front of the house
Last Line: From poetry
Subject(s): Guests; Visiting


PERIPHERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: This circle holding the afternoon sky is a lake
Subject(s): Mythology


POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you come back to me / it will be crow time
Last Line: The madness of my tongue.
Subject(s): Language; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


POINTS OF VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: In february the hills of niguel flush green
Last Line: Shizu prepares her watercolors.
Subject(s): Colors; Paintings And Painters


PRIVATE PANTOMIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I will reach into the grab-bag of unconscious things
Subject(s): Birds


READING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is spring when the storks return
Subject(s): Books; Reading


READING THE RUSSIANS       
First Line: Of course they are gloomy; / they drink a lot of vodka
Last Line: Chernobyl, and gogol's nose.
Subject(s): Books; Russia; Translating & Interpreting; Reading; Soviet Union; Russians


REALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: As a fish, gutted for trade
Last Line: So beautiful; come to this.
Subject(s): Reality


RELATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma lives in this town;
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


REPETITION OF WORDS AND WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: A basket of dirty clothes
Subject(s): Words; Weather; Washerwomen; Poetry & Poets


RISING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the government offices the rules and regulations
Last Line: That the house is going out with the tide.
Subject(s): Birds; Erosion; Gulls; Seashore; Waves; Seagulls; Beach; Coast; Shore


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I went back, as to my relatives.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Love - Complaints


SECOND-HAND COAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I feel / in her pockets; she wore nice cotton gloves,
Subject(s): Identity


SEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Corn is universal, / so like a roman senator
Last Line: Oh my daughters.
Subject(s): Children; Corn; Indian Summer; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


SETTING TYPE    Poem Text    
First Line: From a long way, the semicolon begins to wave
Last Line: I think they ought to get edited and settle down
Subject(s): Language


SHAPES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the longer view it doesn't matter
Last Line: At the farthest edge; accepting that blur.
Subject(s): Grief; Homeless; Loss; Sympathy; Sorrow; Sadness; Empathy


SIESTA    Poem Text    
First Line: In an aftermath of lying, lying
Subject(s): Balloons


SO WHAT    Poem Text    
First Line: For me the great truths are laced with hysteria.


SO WHAT'S WRONG?    Poem Text    
First Line: Here it is, a green world, / and all of these millions
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Life


SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Living alone the feet turn voluptuous
Last Line: But the other foot.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


SORROW AND NO SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: We eat through tubes of time
Last Line: On its indifferent tongue.
Subject(s): Grief; Hunger; Sorrow; Sadness


SPECULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A girl we didn't actually know
Subject(s): Death; Depressions, Economic; Girls; Sisters; Dead, The; Recessions


SPRING BEAUTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The abandoned campus, / empty brick buildings and early june
Last Line: By some unknown impressionist.
Subject(s): Typewriters; Universities & Colleges; Writing & Writers


STRANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: This uprooted grass from the edge of the marsh-lake
Subject(s): Aging


TENDRILS    Poem Text    
First Line: While leaves are popping bullets of air
Last Line: Of violent / untranslatable language
Subject(s): Love; Language


THAT OTHER WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird sings in the tree you planted
Last Line: Handing out coupons and samples.
Subject(s): Death; Heroism; War; Dead, The; Heroes; Heroines


THE ALIEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like myself, the body gets in bed
Last Line: It does not care what is hanging in my head
Subject(s): Self


THE BURNED BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sister was wedged beside the wicker basket
Subject(s): Streetcars


THE CABBAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have rented an apartment
Last Line: You can live with this.
Subject(s): Children; Paintings And Painters; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


THE ELECTRIC FAN AND THE DEAD MAN ...    Poem Text    
First Line: She remembers his covert sleeves, / the sadness of his quiet
Last Line: Ready for, at least mechanically, fin de siècle, à rebours.
Subject(s): Memory; Widows & Widowers


THE FIG TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old as the world,
Subject(s): Fig Trees


THE FLEET    Poem Text    
First Line: Each night upon the bed's dry sea
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Boats


THE ILLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not the genes and the genes are not me
Last Line: I am the simple sieve that drinks the universe.
Subject(s): Self-criticism; Twins


THE LATEST HOTEL GUEST WALKS OVER PARTICLES THAT REVOLVE       
First Line: It is an old established hotel
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


THE MAGNET    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved my lord, my black-haired lord, my young love
Subject(s): Hunting; Love; Hunters


THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here where the rooms are dryly still
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


THE NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: What have you to say to that
Subject(s): News


THE OLD STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Although he didn't / love me, I loved him
Last Line: She wept for him
Subject(s): Love – Unrequited; Family Life


THE PEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: There hangs this bellied pear, let no rake doubt,
Subject(s): Pears


THE QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: While needles of the evergreen
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Trees


THE REAL TRAVELERS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was supposed to snow, but it rained
Last Line: The real travelers etting out for mars
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Neighbors; Journeys; Trips


THE SPERM AND THE EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: The sperm hate the egg
Subject(s): Masculinity (Psychology)


THE TRADE-OFF    Poem Text    
First Line: Words make the thoughts.
Subject(s): Language; Knowledge; Words; Vocabulary


THE WAYS OF DAUGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughters are getting on.
Subject(s): Daughters; Coming Of Age


THE WIND FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sadly I may suppose how motion wears, and to dust
Subject(s): Tears


THE WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The shock comes slowly
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THINGS I SAY TO MYSELF WHILE HANGING LAUNDRY    Poem Text    
First Line: If an ant, crossing on the clothesline
Subject(s): Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Laundry & Laundering


THIS STRANGENESS IN MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is so hard to see where it is
Last Line: As someone else, not ever remembered.
Subject(s): Emptiness; Solitude; Loneliness


THREE AM    Poem Text    
First Line: You wake in the night. I know you do
Last Line: The drawn blinds; the surface of indifference.
Subject(s): Eyes; Insomnia; Light; Sleeplessness


TO TRY AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Tremble,' says the sword-grass, leaning over the water
Last Line: "look,"" says the void. ""what meaning? Be thou me."
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


TONGUES    Poem Text    
First Line: To mortify the spirit I once attended
Last Line: The stuttering leaves on the insensible pavement.
Subject(s): Class Struggle; French Language; Tongues


TRAIN RIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: All things come to an end; / small calves in arkansas
Last Line: No, they go on forever.
Subject(s): Arkansas; Fate; Railroads; Travel; Destiny; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


UNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Hirsute, his highness' beetle-browed defense
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


UP THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Belshazzar saw this blue
Subject(s): Landscape


VERNAL EQUINOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Daughters, in the wind's boisterous roughing
Subject(s): Daughters; Spring


VISIONS FROM MY OFFICE WINDOW       
First Line: Among the students between the buildings
Last Line: Her eyes deep-set and dark as olives.
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Schools; Students


WANTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanting and dissatisfaction / are the main ingredients
Last Line: To procreate is the essence of decay.
Subject(s): Desire; Happiness; Joy; Delight


WHAT THE TEACHER LEARNS    Poem Text    
First Line: The student from taiwan,
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WHAT WE DON'T KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: It is wednesday. My day off
Last Line: Of two soundless fighter jets.
Subject(s): Books; Insomnia; Silence; Reading; Sleeplessness


WHAT WE HAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: On the mountain / the neighbor's dog, put out in the cold
Last Line: That I think, when looking back, was happiness.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Happiness; Poverty; Retrospection; Relatives; Joy; Delight


WHEN I WAS THIRTY-FIVE YOU TOOK MY PHOTOGRAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I am lying full length on the grass
Last Line: By modigliani's nudes.
Subject(s): Memory; Photography & Photographers; Youth


WHITE ON WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: A white cobra lily, / oyster-white plaster walls, / a glass of chablis
Last Line: White parasites, white peacocks, white amanitas.
Subject(s): Old Age


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wallace stevens says
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: The voice of the laundry says, hang me
Last Line: Eating, always eating, in order to waste away
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Activities; Shrews (Animals)