Within these pages Myrna Stone explores both love and death and the matters of the heart to which they are inextricably tied. The lost brother, the mother taken too early, the grieving widower, and the other women, real and invented, who too often overshadowed by their fathers, lovers, husbands, or sons, are at last given their own historical and emotional due. Whether they speak from their own lives in dramatic monologues, through the narrator’s voice, or through her own, Stone brings them each alive in these fleshed-out poems of breadth and breath.
Myrna Stone is the author of five previous full-length books of poetry: Luz Bones (Etruscan Press, 2017); In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father (White Violet Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Casanova Chronicles (Etruscan Press, 2010), a finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; How Else to Love the World (Browser Book Publishing, 2007); and The Art of Loss (Michigan State University Press, 2001), for which she was named 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year. She has received three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Poetry, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, the 2017 New Letters Poetry Prize, and the 2002 Poetry Award from Weber, The Contemporary West. In 2015 she presented five morning lectures on Poetry as a member of the faculty of the Antioch Writers' Workshop.Author City: GREENVILLE, OH USA