Memories of Ruth Stone


Ruth Stone Memorial Tribute Reading
May 5, 2012, 7:00pm NYU Cantor Film Center


Welcome and Introduction
Bianca Stone & Hillery Stone

Guest Poets and Speakers

William Goodman
Toi Derricotte
Philip Levine
Gerald Stern
Phoebe Stone
Michael Wiegers
Abigail Stone

Video by Abigail Stone

Following the reading, the NYU Creative Writing Program invites you to a wine reception at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues




The Cabbage
by Ruth Stone

You have rented an apartment.
You come to this enclosure with physical relief,
your heavy body climbing the stairs in the dark,
the hall bulb burned out, the landlord 
of Greek extraction and possibly a fatalist.
In the apartment leaning against one wall,
your daughter's painting of a large frilled cabbage
against a dark sky with pinpoints of stars.
The eager vegetable, opening itself 
as if to eat the air, or speak in cabbage
language of the meanings within meanings;
while the points of stars hide their massive
violence in the dark upper half of the painting.
You can live with this. 

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