In the Next Galaxy is a Finalist for this year's National Book Award to be announced in November.

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Poems from In the Next Galaxy appear courtesy of Copper Canyon Press, www.coppercanyonpress.org.

In the Next Galaxy

By Ruth Stone

Publisher's Note:

“Ruth Stone is a storyteller. 'I'm constantly collecting people as characters,' she has said. 'I see everything dramatically.' She brings to her poems a passion for knowing how the world actually works, whether through science, politics, the erotic, or history.

In this, her eighth collection of poems, Stone writes with a crackling intelligence from the vantage point of an aging and impoverished woman. Wise, sardonic, crafty, and misleadingly simple, Stone loves heavy themes but not heavy poems.”

Reviews of In the Next Galaxy:

“Stone’s lifetime of craft permits her to pare down both description and meditation and, at her best, make startling use of short, slow lines and of occasional rhyme; standout lyric work like 'Train Ride' or 'At Eighty-Three She Lives Alone' recalls at once Stanley Kunitz and Kay Ryan, and should find a place in many anthologies.” —Publishers Weekly

Author's Note:

Ruth StoneRuth Stone was born in Virginia in 1915. She is author of eight books of poems and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1959, after her husband committed suicide, she was forced to raise three daughters alone. For twenty years she traveled the US, teaching creative writing at many universities, finally settling at SUNY Binghamton. She lives in Vermont. For more biography and information on Ruth, see our interview in Spring 2000.

In the Next Galaxy
ISBN: 1-55659-178-0
Hardcover. $20.
Available from www.coppercanyonpress.org