Ruth Bavetta

1,306 books | 329 friends

7,047 books | 523 friends

Kelly H...
10,395 books | 431 friends

Peycho ...
1,743 books | 4,269 friends

179 books | 109 friends

714 books | 88 friends

1,604 books | 313 friends

Anna Quinn
58 books | 669 friends

More friends…

2013 Reading Challenge
2012 Reading Challenge
2011 Reading Challenge

Ruth Bavetta

Goodreads Author



Member Since
September 2007

Ruth Bavetta was a visual artist for many years until she realized she also wanted images that could be painted with words. Her poetry has been published in Rattle, Nimrod, Tar River Review, North American Review, Spillway, Hanging Loose, Rhino, Poetry East, and Poetry New Zealand among others and is included in the anthologies Twelve Los Angeles Poets, Wait a Minute; I Have to Take off My Bra, Pirene's Fountain Beverage Anthology and Forgetting Home:Poems about Alzheimer's.

She has published two books, Fugitive Pigments (Futurecycle Press), and Embers on the Stairs (Moontide Press.). A third book Flour, Water, Salt, is forthcoming in July 2016.Her art has been shown nationwide.

She loves the light on November afternoons, the smell of the

To ask Ruth Bavetta questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Ruth Bavetta Both! ......................................
Ruth Bavetta Haha. Easily.

Adding more words here. Apparently short answers are verboten.
Average rating: 4.71 · 63 ratings · 33 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Fugitive Pigments

4.58 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Flour, Water, Salt

4.92 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Embers on the Stairs

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sugar House Review #1: Fall...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2009
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

I’m getting excited. My latest book is almost ready to come out from FutureCycle Press. Diane Kistner is a joy to work with and I think this is one of the best designs she’s done. Not to mention all the fine-tooth editing. And I’m thrilled with the cover photo. It’s a stunner by Tom Daley, with whom I once took an ekphrastic class.

If you haunt the halls of Facebook, you can go like the Futurecy... Read more of this blog post »
5 likes ·   •  2 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on June 04, 2016 18:48 • 100 views

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Solstice (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 11, 2011 03:27PM
Description: poetry
At the Door (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 11, 2011 03:19PM
Description: poetry
Two for a Dollar (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 11, 2011 03:18PM
Description: poetry
Afghanistan (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 11, 2011 03:16PM
Description: Poetry
Mother’s Day, 1964 (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:35PM
Description: poem
More of Ruth’s writing…
Flour, Water, Salt
Ruth is currently reading
by Ruth Bavetta (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

Embers on the Stairs
Ruth is currently reading
by Ruth Bavetta (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating


Ruth’s Recent Updates

Ruth wants to read
Wars of the Roses by Desmond Seward
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth rated a book it was ok
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
I was really looking forward to this one, but now I'm only about a third of the way in, and stalled. I would have loved this when I was in my teens and twenties when I was all into Noel Coward. Now I find that my appetitite for this kind of fey, arch ...more
Ruth rated a book liked it
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth wants to read
Miss Jane by Brad Watson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth rated a book did not like it
A Really Big Lunch by Jim Harrison
Rate this book
Clear rating
I’m in the midst of this, and deciding if I want to continue. Jim Harrison, novelist, short-story writer, poet, and his stuff is good. And I’m interested in food. Sounded like a winner. Ha. All it’s made me do is dislike the guy. Name-dropper. And th ...more
Ruth wants to read
Living in the Weather of the World by Richard Bausch
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth rated a book really liked it
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins
" Makes me wonder why you picked it up. Perhaps the pure pleasure of being able to write a review like this. It certainly gave me more pleasure than the ...more "
Ruth wants to read
The Crafty Poet II by Diane Lockward
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ruth wants to read
My Darling Detective by Howard Norman
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Ruth's books…
“Don’t wait for inspiration. She’s a fickle tart. Just write.”
Ruth Bavetta

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Cover to Cover Ch...: Connie2014 14 17 Aug 31, 2014 06:26AM  
“The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.”
Roger Ebert

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

“Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
a medley of extemporanea,
And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
and I am Marie of Romania.”
Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
Rebecca West

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

2740 Language & Grammar — 1944 members — last activity 1 hour, 38 min ago
This group is for word lovers and has topics both serious (grammatical questions and concerns) and not so serious (word play and word games of all sor ...more
853 Constant Reader — 5166 members — last activity 28 minutes ago
A forum for friendly discussion of classics, literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short stories. We also love movies and art. Don't ask to join th ...more
233 ¡ POETRY ! — 19989 members — last activity 1 hour, 47 min ago
No pretensions: just poetry. Stop by, recommend books, offer up poems (excerpted), tempt us, taunt us, tell us what to read and where to go (to read i ...more
13335 Art Lovers — 1274 members — last activity 12 hours, 43 min ago
To reciprocate the appreciation of different artists and discuss their lives and works.
17987 MFA Poets — 61 members — last activity Oct 09, 2015 01:26PM
This is a group for people who are enrolled as MFA students in poetry at any university or who have already earned the MFA in poetry. (Others with a s ...more
1 Goodreads Feedback — 22783 members — last activity 24 minutes ago
This is a place to give feedback about Goodreads. Feature ideas, bugs, or any other suggestion for improvement. The Goodreads staff monitors this grou ...more
100143 Better Than Starbucks — 236 members — last activity Jun 05, 2017 06:45AM
We are Better Than Starbucks! If you like good coffee (or just the concept of coffee), great books, and sharp wit, and if authors like these excite yo ...more
28172 Poetry Readers Challenge — 949 members — last activity 17 minutes ago
Let's talk about poetry books. This group's members read poetry collections, with the goal of reviewing twenty in a year. C'mon. Do it. It's good for ...more
26989 Goodreads Authors/Readers — 26878 members — last activity 1 hour, 59 min ago
This group is dedicated to connecting readers with Goodreads authors. It is divided by genres, and includes folders for writing resources, book websit ...more
60484 Mind Work — 56 members — last activity Aug 29, 2012 08:20AM
This group is for creative minds of all types and is designed to discuss and utilize the themes presented in Peter Clothier's third collection of essa ...more
More of Ruth’s groups…

Comments (showing 1-8)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 8: by Jane

Jane Ruth, I've been trying to find the thread you began (at least I think you did) about Seamus Heaney. I found the poem I love so much. Sent it to my siblings, one of whom send the obituary from...The Times? The Globe? If anyone wants, I'll send. It's about the memorial as well. Here's the poem if you don't mind passing it along.

Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication
For Mary Heaney

I. Sunlight
There was a sunlit absence.
The helmeted pump in the yard
heated its iron,
water honeyed

in the slung bucket
and the sun stood
like a griddle cooling
against the wall

of each long afternoon.
So, her hands scuffled
over the bakeboard,
the reddening stove

sent its plaque of heat
against her where she stood
in a floury apron
by the window.

Now she dusts the board
with a goose's wing,
now sits, broad-lapped,
with whitened nails

and measling shins:
here is a space
again, the scone rising
to the tick of two clocks.

And here is love
like a tinsmith's scoop
sunk past its gleam
in the meal-bin.

message 7: by Ruth

Ruth Doug wrote: "Ruth,

Thanks for being a friend. (Where have I heard that song?)



message 6: by Doug

Doug Ruth,

Thanks for being a friend. (Where have I heard that song?)


message 5: by Poppy

Poppy Ruth, I added 6 books from your list to mine, because I think we have similar tastes in reading. So THANK YOU for the suggestions. (I reached that conclusion in part, because you, as do I, seem to prefer E.M. Forster to Henry James.

My sister is an artist, and I would appreciate your advice on the purchase of a book for her. I noticed that you had quite a long list of art books. Do you have an absolute favorite?


Joy H. Thanks, Ruth, for adding me as a Goodreads friend. The Constant Reader group is incredible!

Nathalie Poem of the Month!
Congratulations, Ruth.

Nathalie Hello, Ruth

I really liked reading your poems and look forward to finding more.

message 1: by Susan_T. (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:02PM)

Susan_T. Hi, Ruth! You are my first friend. Yay!

I'm now on GoodReads and trying to find my way around.

Susan Thomsen

back to top