The Stone Man and the Poet

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iUniverse, Jan 12, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
Barbara Adams has created a memoir that is heartfelt and heartbreaking, peeling away the layers of a relationship that lead us to moments of stark insight and genuine humor. Its not often that a writer can deliver a personal story with this kind of simplicity and depth. A reader will leave The Stoneman and the Poet with a stronger understanding of what its like to endure both as an artist and a woman. Laurence Carr, Editor of Riverine And WaterWrites Author of Pancake Hollow Primer The Stone Man & the Poet is a deeply moving memoir of a complicated marriage between a husband who is half gentle, half mad and a wife who struggles to keep her large family intact while forging her own identity as a writer. Written in a lyrical prose style and filled with wry humor, The Stone Man & the Poet abounds in insights and empathy. . . Jeffrey Berman, Ph.D. Author of The Talking Cure and Empathic Teaching This is a powerful story, told with utter honesty, realistic detail and enduring love. It recalls a dramatic period of social changes against a background of New England, New York City and upstate New York, Cape Cod, and Ireland, yet it remains a highly personal memoir that deserves a wide and attentive audience. James Finn Cotter, Ph.D. Author of Inscape and Translator of Dantes The Divine Comedy Barbara Block Adams uses the diary form to convey her own feelings and emotions quietly and convincingly in a gripping contrast to the sad experience of her husbands cancer. Her detailed descriptions of his suffering are balanced by the general information she provides about the disease and its treatment. The resulting book is both moving and useful. Deirdre Bair Biographer of Beckett (National Book Award), Anas Nin and Jung
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
ASHES
THE GRAVITY MACHINE
HEALTHY BODY MIXEDUP MIND
GROWING UP GROWING DOWN 19321950
SEX EDUCATION WITH UNCLE BILLY 1944
PRESENT ABSENCE 1943
A HOME AFTER ALL 19571966
WHY AM I A POET?
SPELLMAN
RECREATION
EMOTIONAL TRIAGE
POSTMORTEM 1943 1972 1977
LAST RITES
BEGINNINGS

FALLING IN MARRIAGE
FROST 19521957
UNCLE ALLAN AND THE ADAMS BOYS
Conversation in the Dark
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About the author (2011)

Barbara Block Adams is the author of two books of poems and a book of literary criticism. She is a retired Professor of English at Pace University, New York. She has published many poems, essays, and stories, and won the 2007 Robert Frost Foundation Award. Born in Manhattan, she has lived in the mid-Hudson Valley for most of her life. She has four children and two grandchildren.

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