Hurt, The Shadow – The Josephine Hopper Poems by Carole Stone


“ . . .  splendidly evocative and insightful.” —Harvey Shapiro


  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 90
  • Language: English
  • Published: June, 2013
  • ISBN:  978-1-933675-89-3


“Edward Hopper’s paintings fascinate poets because they contain the essence of American loneliness. Carole Stone’s poems are not just deft reproductions of those paintings but vivid commentary on the transaction between Jo (wife and sole model) and the painter and his transaction between the eye and the world that enabled him to make these canvases. The poems are splendidly evocative and insightful.” —Harvey Shapiro


Sun in an Empty Room, 1963

My loneliness reduced
to this empty room

its sorrowful walls filled
with light.

The vacancy of my heart.
Hurt, the shadow.


Carole StoneCarole Stone has published three books of poetry and seven chapbooks as well as numerous critical essays on writers, among them Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Plath, and George Eliot. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

She has received three fellowships from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, three National Endowment for the Humanities Summer fellowships, a fellowship from The Geraldine Dodge Foundation to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a fellowship from Rothermere Institute for American Studies, Oxford University, England. Artist’s residencies include Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, Scotland, and Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland.

Professor of English, Emerita, Montclair State University, Carole Stone divides her time between New Jersey and East Hampton, NY.

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in