Ruth Stone is a true American original. The winner of the National Book Award at the age of 87, Ruth Stone was still writing extraordinary poetry well into her 90s. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed her in Vermont in September 2008. Ruth was almost blind but knew many of her poems by heart, and recites (or sings) several poems in this short film (prompted occasionally by editor Neil Astley). Born in Virginia in 1915, she lived in rural Vermont for much of her life. In 1959, after her husband committed suicide, she had to raise three daughters alone, all the time writing what she called her ‘love poems, all written to a dead man’ who forced her to 'reside in limbo' with her daughters. She died in 2011, aged 96. The poems are all from her recent retrospective WHAT LOVE COMES TO: NEW & SELECTED POEMS: 'In an Iridescent Time', 'Orchard', 'The Talking Fish', 'The Excuse', 'Advice', 'I Have Three Daughters' (which she sings), 'Metamorphosis', 'Bargain, 'Mantra' and 'The Season'. The poems are included here by permission of her publishers Copper Canyon Press in the US and Bloodaxe Books in the UK. Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. Her first DVD-book, IN PERSON (edited by Neil Astley), was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, including films of 30 poets with an anthology containing all the poems read on the films.

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