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“These poems are heroic journeys across the dangerous territories of the spirit, those landscapes of despair where all paths narrow toward death. They do exactly what all good poems do, they point us toward the mysteries, they teach us the right questions to ask. But more than this, out of their darkest moments they wrench consoling insight and illumination. I might even say joy. Always poignant and often startling, The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity is a remarkable collection of poems, one to savor.”
                                                               –David Bottoms
A Circumstance of the Porch
First Voices First Prize, The Greensboro Review, 1989
The Settlement Arietha Lockhart performance of Curtis Bryant setting
Dancing Out, Dancing Back Arietha Lockhart performance of Curtis Bryant setting
Oracles of Lefts and Rights Arietha Lockhart performance of Curtis Bryant setting
In the World's Machine Arietha Lockhart performance of Curtis Bryant setting
Three Anatomists Second Prize, Robert Penn Warren, 1993
   
“In The Flagrant Dead, the reader will find poems filled with rich, broad vocabularies, fascinating details, engaging characters, energy and breath, attention and focus, the struggles of divinity, both dread and joyful reflections on the human among space and history, motion and time. Stephen Bluestone's voice is rapt, witty, questing, informed, his talent reaching its zenith in this book.”
                                       –Pattiann Rogers
 
The Flagrant Dead  
Torquemada to the Marranos  
The Rug Maker Thomas Merton Prize, 2004
Wheels The Indiana Review, Honorable Mention, 2002
The Crossing Third Prize, Lyric Recovery, 2004