Ruelaine Stokes – Jar of Plenty Book


“A collection of poetry with the feel of a novel, Ruelaine Stokes’ new book, Jar of Plenty, is part memoir, part family history, part portrait of the artist through time’s turns. Full of vitality and compassion, the book is a generous, fully realized, inspiring collection—candid and searching and deeply affecting.”

— Lee Upton
Author of Visitations: Stories and
Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems

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Magic infuses these poems, the imagery bringing the scenes to vivid life in the reader’s mind and placing the reader square into the action. What a gift, this collection, this organizer, this teacher, this poet.

Laurie Hollinger, Assistant Director, RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU

 Spiritual, intense and deeply touching, Jar of Plenty has a special spot on my bookshelf for, as artist and poet, Ruelaine herself embodies Apollinaire’s declaration of the role of the poet in society: “And so they came/And she pushed them/And they flew.”

Zack Chartkoff, poet, translator, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Ruelaine Stokes now turns her childhood silence into poetry of great sorrow and grace and joy. Jar of Plenty gives us a poet who has found her voice.

Linda Peckham, founder of A Rally of Writers and emeritus professor of English, Lansing Community College

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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1 in


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