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topography and other poems by ruth stone

Topography and Other Poems by Ruth Stone


New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1971. First edition, first printing. Stated with ABCDE lines on copyright page. Hardcover. 116 pages ; 22 cm. $5.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Green cover boards with silver title at spine. Foxing to front and rear endpapers, as well as the page edges. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.

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"Ruth Stone's new poems are, as it was reasonable to hope after In an Iridescent Time, expert and captivating; and the best have what we usually meet with only in children or the very old—an air of reckless truth telling." —RICHARD WILBUR

TOPOGRAPHY and Other Poems

The ninety poems in Ruth Stone's first book since 1959 begin with "Dream of Light in the Shade" and end with "Topography," human love and palpable absence. The eighty-eight poems in between deal with a wide variety of themes: the guises of death, "Memory of Knowledge and Death at the Mother of Scholars," "Rogue"; the living with children, "I Have Three Daughters," "Advice," "Between the Lines"; natures miracle, "Green Apples," "Haying," "Wild Asters." Other poems in this new collection bubble with delicious mischief and social wit, "Eclat," "Seat Belt Fast¬ened?" Several elude easy categories, "The Principle of Mirrors," "Hemp and Ravelings." Many have a rending sense of life and adjusted loss, "Being Human," "End of Summer ... 1969," "Metamorphosis."

Ruth Stone knows how to come to stanzaic terms with joy and sorrow, with the surfaces and marrow of this world and with the penumbra of the next, and she knows how to nourish hope.


Ruth Stone was born in Roanoke, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has taught at several colleges, was poet in residence at the University of Wisconsin, and has been a member of the Radcliffe Institute. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker. She lives in Brandon, Vermont.

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