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How Else
To Love the World


What can redeem “the addle and dross the hours devise?” Stone asks. One answer she provides here is “this carnal life,” whether manifested in human touch or in the “stroke of flesh and brush” on painted canvas. 


Wild Onion

In botany, Allium stellatum, of the family
Liliaceae, cousin to trillium, Solomon’s-seal
and bellwort, whose root, bulb, leaf and stem

are edible or medicinal; fodder for squirrel,
elk, deer, poultice for boils, anodyne for fever,
sting of bee and wasp, amulet to ward off

dizziness or croup—from the Old French
oignon, and the Latin unio, meaning oneness—
organism of obfuscation and trumpery

whose lavender blossoms deftly belie
the flagrant acidic breath that draws us
now, step-by-step, up from the river’s bank

to its grassy open bed. Siren of the olfactory—
most evocative of the senses—its leaves
bristle and flare, summoning to each of us

a summer kitchen, and in it, a mother, aproned
and dewy, weeping at her chopping block. . . .
But we are, after all, animal, and what seduces

here, in the shank of the day, is vegetable:
a booty we will dig for like dogs and take home
for our supper, a shill, a shindy, a caustic pearl.


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Praise for How Else To Love the World

…the reader is increasingly aware of falling under the spell of a poet whose relationship with the world is passionate, even romantic—lover and beloved—and whose way with language is sensuous, often erotic, and palpably physical.
— Excerpt from the Introduction to How Else to Love the World by B. H. Fairchild, author of The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems, Usher, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, and The Art of the Lathe
Reading Stone, I think of John Donne. Like him, she delights in wit and desire and the sweet coupling of word and word.
— Elton Glaser, author of The Law of Falling Bodies, Translations from the Flesh, and Here and Hereafter
Through formal gestures and voluptuous language, Myrna Stone praises the pleasures of the world, whether they arise from “the body’s ambition” or from the mind aroused by discipline and art. How Else to Love the World is a book of fierce and passionate engagements.
— Michael Waters, author of Gospel Night, Darling Vulgarity, and Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum