In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father

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Myrna Stone, the author of The Casanova Chronicles, a memorable sequence that is one of the best long poems in recent years, has moved from Casanova to her own father—and chronicled the texture of a relationship as well as the texture of a mind gone to ruin. These conversational sonnets demonstrate the elasticity of a form devoted to love; Stone also shows us that some of our greatest love stories are not the ones we expected.
~ Kim Bridgford
Myrna Stone's "In the Present Tense" is a powerful work—not just because it chronicles the last, difficult years of her very elderly father ( in first class sonnets), but because of the sweep she achieves in documenting the orbit of all those involved: from family members to other assisted living patients. It's a breadth that only the best writers can acheive—sadness, yes, but also wisdom, fortitude, love, and even humor. As one of the sons whispers to his fading father, remembering the father's love of fishing: "Dad, it's time to catch the big one"—so does Myrna Stone catch what it's really like to deal with these tragic circumstances, and who continues to show why poetry, and her poems, are absolutely necessary.
~ Tim Suermondt

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I am pleased to report that In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father was chosen as a Finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. This is an honor, both for me as its author, and for my father, since in this, the most personal of all my books and the most wrenching to write, I chronicle my father's long, charmed, and often difficult life to its inevitable end.

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Myrna Stone is the author of three previous full-length books of poems, The Casanova Chronicles (Etruscan Press, 2010) which was a Finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book of the Year Award in Poetry, How Else to Love the World (Browser Books Publishing, 2007) and The Art of Loss (Michigan State University Press, 2001) which earned for her the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Boulevard, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Boston Review and Quarterly West, and in nine anthologies, including Beloved On the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow Press, 2009) and Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse (Chatto & Windus, Random House, London, 2001). Her poems have also been featured on both Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, and the 2002 Dr. O. Marvin Lewis Poetry Award (now called the Dr. Sherwin W. Howard Poetry Award) from Weber—The Contemporary West. She is a founding member of The Greenville Poets, a writers’ group that meets in Greenville, Ohio whose members have published fourteen full-length books since 1998. Stone lives with her husband in a circa 1760 Rhode Island farmhouse they moved to Greenville in 1988.

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