The poet Ruth Stone (1915-2011) called her messy farmhouse in Goshen, Vermont, a “Vast Library of the Female Mind,” which fits as a title for this warm, fine, and sensitive biography that’s largely filmed in the house, spanning four decades.

At her 94th birthday celebration, Ruth is surrounded by family, daughters, and especially granddaughters who’ve all memorized her poems and recite them along with her. One granddaughter, Bianca, is a selftaught animator whose animations are used judiciously and effectively throughout the film, as is footage shot by Sidney Wolinsky in the 1970s.

Ruth kept her 1940s pompadour hairstyle all her life, for during WWII she left an abusive husband for slim, literary Walter Stone. Walter taught at Vassar, wrote and published a book of poems, and aspired to complete a novel by age 40. He encouraged her own work, and her first book of poems was well-received. On impulse she...

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