Stone Milk (2007) is Anne Stevenson’s seventeenth separate collection of new poems, the first to be published since A Report from the Border (2003). It falls into three, discrete parts:
1. A Lament for the Makers, pp. 11-32. A long dream
2. Stone Milk, pp. 34-52. A collection of sixteen shorter poems.
3. The Myth of Medea, pp. 54-71. A dramatic entertainment.
The volume as a whole is dedicated “in loving memory of Susan Cooper” [Stevenson’s husband’s sister], who died the year before it was published.
A Lament for the Makers is a dream poem featuring the poet, Peter Redgrove (1932-2003), guiding the author “through the underworld, or, rather, …