Pulitzer-winner poet Ruth Stone dies at age 96

According to an Associated Press report, poet Ruth Stone died on November 19, at the age of 96, in Vermont. Her daughter’s statement, released on Thursday, said that her death was of natural causes.
Award –winning poet Ruth Stone passed away in Vermont at 96 years old, of natural causes. Her daughter, Phoebe Stone, released an official statement on her death, on Thursday. She said that her mother spent the last moments of her life surrounded by all the dear ones: children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Unlike other poets, who claim their glory in their young years, Ruth Stone was little known before her 40s. She became a widow quite early and lived most of her life in a farmhouse in Goshen. Her poetry began to impress and gain the attention of a large audience in the 80s and 90s.

Her most famous works are “In The Next Galaxy”, for which she was awarded with a National Book Award in 2002, and “What Love Comes To”, which won her the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

Her first poetry collection was released in 1959, when she was 44 years old. It was named “In an Iridescent Time”. Battling with depression and raising three children alone made it difficult for her to publish her next book, which saw the light only in 1971.

“I think my work is a natural response to my life”, she said at one time. “It’s is a small drama”, which includes “a laughing at the ridiculous and songs of mourning”.

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