Sydney Lea on Ruth Stone

The Burlington Free Press published Sydney Lea’s tribute to the late Ruth Stone:

Editor’s Note: This column was written before former Vermont State Poet Ruth Stone died Nov. 19. Current state poet laureate Sydney Lea writes about how Stone, in a few words, evokes life while writing about loss.

I want to pay a brief and inadequate tribute to Ruth Stone, my predecessor as Vermont Poet Laureate. Ms. Stone is remarkable in every way: 96 years old and all but completely blind, the woman still generates some of America’s most compelling poetry.

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