Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Beloved Southern Physician Poet John Stone, born February 7, 1936, in Jackson, Mississippi, died on November 6, 2008.  He will be mourned.

John Stone was an emeritus professor of medicine in cardiology at Emory University.  He published many collections of poetry and a collection of essays during the time he taught English Literature and Medicine at Emory and at Oxford University, England.

His most recent poetry collections were published at Louisiana State University Press including Where Water Begins and Music from Apartment 8.  His essay collection, also from LSU Press is titled In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine. 

Early poetry collections from the 1980s, also from LSU Press are: The Smell of Matches, In All This Rain, and Renaming the Streets.


Lynn said...

I'm so sad to hear this. I remember reading his poem "House Call" ... a brilliant piece with so much imagery that it was almost like watching a movie.

Nancy Simpson said...

Lynn, I agree. "He Makes House Calls" from IN ALL THIS RAIN will always be one of my favorite poems. I taught that poem in my last Poetry Writing Class along with"Resuscitation" from NEW SOUTHERN POETS and "Looking Down Into a Ditch" from IN ALL THIS RAIN. John Stone was our greatest living southern poet.

There is a touching article in the Atlanta Journal- Constitution dated Nov.11th, 2008 in which Rachael Pommerance interviewed John's son, Doctor Jim Stone.

The article says Dr. John Stone, III died in his sleep of cancer.

Glenda C. Beall said...

I, too, must say how much I enjoyed John Stone's poetry. I met him, with Janice Moore, at YHC a few years ago and he was gracious and kind.He was the guest speaker for the Georgia Poetry Society that day, I believe.
Some of his poetry hit me hard and I knew exactly how he felt.
I'll look for the link to his son's interview in AJ