Poetry. "By investigating the minutiae of life—the stuff that anchors us, a stone and its echo, paradoxes constructed by language—Ruth Danon investigates nothing short of Thanatos and Eros. The journey of the LIMITLESS TINY BOAT is fierce and fearless. Watch out! These poems expand and contract—breathe—as they are read. A substantial achievement."—Martine Bellen"Ruth Danon seems to gather all of life into her LIMITLESS TINY BOAT—or to explore every corner, every inch of the limitless, tiny boat that is life. In these flawlessly sculpted, deeply considered and compelling poems, Danon probes the machinery of life—how it sputters, hums along, gets stuck, stops, then restarts, hums along again. She shows how we must reckon with the terrors and consolations of the physical world, make an existential tally, and move on. 'Words are / the only boat I have,' she writes. And then, 'Really the trick is to estimate / from here, the journey outward.' This book is a beautiful reckoning, an astute tallying, and a profound journey through the dark and bright corridors that make up a life."—Laura Sims"I've been reading Ruth Danon's poetry for many years, always with pleasure. She is one of the most honest and affecting poets on the current scene, a writer more than willing to take deep emotional risks, bringing the reader close the flame. She says she is 'lucky knowing / that everything tends / to a particular moment' in her latest collection. I suspect that much of her work as a poet has tended toward the moments gathered in LIMITLESS TINY BOAT. It's important work, and Danon takes us far beyond the fringes of thought and feeling."—Jay Parini"Like any passageway between the profane and the sacred, Ruth Danon's poems keep looking for home: 'Words are the only boat I have,' she writes in her second collection, LIMITLESS TINY BOAT. Danon's voice is intimate, wary, disarming, alive with intelligence and 'the extreme urgency of patience.' Though she claims that 'three lines suggests a narrative,' she also admits that 'Narrative eludes me…' The material facts of a body in pain, in danger, in love find expression in the book's central sequence, a meditation that swerves from a 'small cooking pot' to peristalsis: 'The rose opens and closes its little mouth.' As in the book's title, contradictions abound: what is called 'tiny' is also 'limitless' in these profound itineraries that float between story and song, hope and hopelessness, mind and body."—Catherine Barnett"Ruth Danon's poems manage to fuse seemingly irreconcilable qualities: they are both erudite and colloquial; concerned with ideas yet frankly personal; they have the reach of abstraction while also being tactile and concrete. The result is a shimmering originality that makes LIMITLESS TINY BOAT a marvel to read."—Jennifer Egan
Ruth Danon is the author of three previous books of poetry: Triangulation from A Known Point (North Star Line, 1990), LIMITLESS TINY BOAT (BlazeVOX, 2016), and WORD HAS IT (Nirala, 2018.) Her critical book, Work in the English Novel, was reissued by Routledge in 2021. She has published widely in the United States and abroad. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2002, Resist Much, Obey Little, (2017), Stronger Than Fear: Poems of Empowerment, Compassion, and Social Justice (2022) and will appear in the Poetry is Bread Anthology. She is founder of Live Writing: A Project for the Reading, Writing and Performance of Poetry. She teaches through Live Writing and for New York Writers Workshop. Since retiring from New York University in 2017 she has lived in Beacon, New York.