Saturday, July 6, 2019

Brian Beatty on Ruth Stone

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Ruth Stone (1915-2011)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

Ruth Stone

Less well known was the old woman
who died in a shoe.

Of the loneliness of the mountain.
Before the smell, nobody knew.

Grown children one at a time
had pursued their bliss with such fury

doors flew off hinges to let in
like a cold dog this sadder, truer air. 

Worried neighbors kept their distance
for rhyme and for reasons of their own.

– Brian Beatty


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  1. What I appreciate about Ruth Stone's poetry is the distinctly, consistently personal tone of it.

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