- Kind: Perfectbound
- Pages: 74
- Language: English
- Date Published: August, 2018
- ISBN 978-1-948017-21-3
‘In All We Have is Our Voice, Carole Stone’s fierce dramatic monologues, delivered by the wives and lovers of such titans as Tolstoy, Lincoln, Freud, Yeats, Joyce, and (Dylan)Thomas, incisively protest patriarchal privilege and exploitation. Taut ekphrastic poems aptly probe the artistic struggles and transports of Kahlo, Schiele, Chagall, (Lucien) Freud, and others. And Stone also pays heartfelt tribute to literary figures such as Vallejo, Crane, Akhmadulina and Ratushinskaya who encounter extremity.’ —Thomas Fink
“Carole Stone’s poetry is from the heart sophisticated; it contains multitudes and provides for the unexpected.” —Lucas Hunt
Mary Shelley Beside Mary Wollstonecraft’s Grave
They say a woman could not have written
such a tale, that it is a ghost story
I overheard the men telling
the stormy night we matched wits —
Percy, Lord Byron and Coleridge —
three geniuses and me.
My maker, my muse, who left me
motherless at my birth,
I create a creature, unnatural, wild dark.
Here is my book, monster with the dull eye,
yellow skin that hardly covers his muscles
and arteries; my shriveled, nameless, infant child.
Carole Stone is Distinguished Professor of English and creative writing, emerita, Montclair State University. Her poetry collections include LATE; HURT, THE SHADOW; AMERICAN RHAPSODY; and TRAVELING WITH THE DEAD. Critical essays on writers include Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Plath and George Eliot. She received three Fellowships from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a fellowship to Rothermere Institute, Oxford University, UK, as well as residencies at Hawthornden Writers Retreat, Scotland and Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland. She divides her time between Springs, East Hampton, New York and Verona, New Jersey.