NO. R-31.  House concurrent resolution honoring Ruth Stone of Goshen on receipt of the 2002 National Book Award for Poetry and the American Poets’ Wallace Stevens Prize.


Offered by:  Representatives Jewett of Ripton, Botzow of Pownal, Clark of Vergennes, Fisher of Lincoln, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Maier of Middlebury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of New Haven and Young of Orwell, Senator Ayer of Addison County and Senator Gossens of Addison County.

     Whereas, poetry is a literary form which demands of a practitioner descriptive creativity, a keen sense of observation, a mastery of metaphor, and, most of all, an abiding love of the written word, and

     Whereas, Ruth Stone was born into a poetic household in Roanoke, Virginia, where, as an infant, she heard her mother recite Tennyson, and

     Whereas, her interest in poetry led her to the University of Illinois where she met and married Walter Stone, also an aspiring poet, and

     Whereas, while the mother of three young girls, Ruth Stone published her work in Poetry Magazine, the Kenyon Review, and she was awarded a Kenyon Review Fellowship which enabled her to purchase the Goshen farmhouse which became her home, and

     Whereas, soon after her husband’s untimely death at the age of 42, a topic  preoccupying much of her poetry, she published the first of her eight books, “In an Iridescent Time,” in which she both mourned and memorialized him by employing startling realistic and vivid language, and

     Whereas, during the ensuing decades, her presence has graced the lecterns at many institutions of higher education and she served as a tenured faculty member at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she continues to advise graduate students, and

     Whereas, in the fall of 2002, her poetic bounty was awarded extraordinary recognition as Ruth Stone was honored with two of poetry’s most prestigious prizes, the National Book Award for her collection, entitled “The Next Galaxy,” and the American Poets’ Wallace Stevens Prize in recognition of her lifelong contributions to the genre, and

     Whereas, she is now 87 years of age and her poetic seeds continue to bloom as she has three new books ready for publication, and

     Whereas, her three daughters, Marcia, Phoebe, and Abigail are immensely proud of their poetically prodigious parent, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly is delighted to congratulate Ruth Stone of Goshen on receipt of both the National Book Award for poetry and the American Poets’ Wallace Stevens Prize, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ruth Stone in Goshen.