a keeper of a park, forest, or area of countryside.
a member of a body of armed men, in particular.
the hard, solid, nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, especially as a building material.
“the houses are built of stone”
a piece of stone shaped for a purpose, especially one of commemoration, ceremony, or demarcation.
“a memorial stone”
throw stones at.
“policemen were stoned by the crowd”
remove the stone from (a fruit).
“halve, stone, and peel the avocados”
April Ranger is a keeper of language. April Ranger is a woman that writes unabashedly of solid vulnerabilities, nonmetallic seductions, ceremonies of death and memorialized humanity.
Bianca Stone is the pit of literary lushness. Bianca Stone is a woman that writes unabashedly about the forest of nature, countryside of humanity, body of armed men’s hearts and a solid vulnerability.
These sorcerers wield their pens with an exaction often celebrated as a manly spirit.
But what is not more exact than Stone certainty as her poem offers:
“I have lost all luscious dreams
beyond all kingdoms of thought.
But then I feel a little happy thinking of you
the way we invite our love to the table
to eat what’s left;”
And here I am, wrapped up in the argument of literary equality when Ranger swims lovely with each stanza:
You girl, you.
You curved-assed woman with the rioting blood.
You know there are ways to make powerful men listen:
it’s never with words.
Tonight, we resist the urge to participate in any argument that obstructs this moment of glory. Ladies & gentlemen, please welcome the literary experience of Bianca Stone & April Ranger. – Mahogany Browne
Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), and the co-author of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson. She is the co-founder and editor the Monk Books, and chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Crazyhorse. Her blog, Poetrycomics.com, is a space to explore the relationship between poetry and visual art. She lives in Brooklyn.
April Ranger is a 2008 National Poetry Slam finalist, a three-time member of Boston Cantab’s National Poetry Slam team, and recipient of the Nicole Dufresne Playwriting Award. Her poems have appeared in Muzzle Magazine, apt, Off The Coast. She has toured extensively across the United States. She directed the premiere of her short play, Civilized Rituals, at the 2013 Dorchester Fringe Festival. April grew up in Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn. www.aprilranger.com