Even in uiet Places Poems) [Pdf/E–pub] Ô William Stafford

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for example of my all time avorites nature y thoughtful calming uietly and incessantly these poems compel the reader to listen to the voice that descends iner than dust or moonlight in A Note Slid under the Door I share this sense of the iner world beyond our senses and appreciate how palpable Stafford makes it seem as he alludes to the little sound in Being a Person or the something beyond music in It s Like This He anthropomorphizes such stolid beyond music in It s Like This He anthropomorphizes such stolid of nature as rivers mountains and trees so deftly the reader is hardly aware he is doing it Stafford reminds me of the mountains he describes in several poems one who pauses a long time and lets the world reveal itselfTwo avorites are Being a Person which is in one way a succinct parable of the creation story and In the Library which touches on the surreal You turn a page carefully the Library which touches on the surreal You turn a page carefully your shoulder another day has watched what you do and written it down in that book you can t read till all the pages are done I am an avid William Stafford an so I did enjoy this bookIt also has one of my very American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series favorite of his poems in it This late book is actually a posthumous collection of earlier chapbooks and a poetry seriesor outdoor signs commissioned by the Park Service As a collection I do not think it is one of Stafford s strongest books I think some of his earlier books are much stronger However Stafford was a tremendously prolific and gifted poet whose archives are now being overseen by his son Kim also a poet He wrote everyday and everywhere and unfortunately no matter how wonderful you write every poem you produce is not excellent Which is not to say I wouldn t be uite happy producing some of Stafford s so so poems Nonetheless I do hope that Stafford s work doesn t become diluted by publishing all his archival material I d hate to see him become another Bukowsk. Sive landmarks and intimacies with the universe Long considered a major voice in twentieth century American poetry William Stafford is also one of our nation's most popular poe. Recent to the least most recent Who Are You Really Wanderer Holding Onto #The Grass And History #Grass and History Loose Again The last twenty of the poems are ones that were written by Stafford or the Methow River project where Stafford submitted twenty poems of which seven were chosen to grace signs in a were chosen to grace signs in a orest and which had never been published before this time in any orm From the beginning the reader can witness the political nature of this poetry with the author praising a new language that is without pretense and many Of The Poems Within the poems within a similar political edge Stafford plays with the thought of obscenity in My NEA Poem where he points to the way that claims of artistic reedom often result in the proliferation of profanity Other poems deal with identity politics like an interesting all verbs poem that is written in the vein of translated Navajo Another poem gives well meaning advice The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish for the chairman of any committee that Stafford is on giving his perspective in a pithy and effective way And so it goes with reminisces a look at the author s life as an old professor and reflections on issues ofamily and creationThis book is certainly one of the pointed books of poetry in the Stafford oeuvre but it demonstrates that Stafford was seeking to challenge himself as well as his audience through the end of his life The poems reveal some interesting tensions with a heart and mind that clearly wanted to grow and develop even as the author was nearing eighty years of age and a body that seemed to be slowing down dramatically which is sometimes exhibited in poetry that reflects weariness Yet until the very end of his life Stafford continued writing and continued struggling against the violence that was all around and this poem is testament to his opposition to warfare renderings of traumatic bullying nightmares declining morality and even the violence one can ind in creation with bitterly cold winds symbolic of the horrors that people eel the. And some had been The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War freshly typed at the time of Stafford's death in August of 1993 The book is hospitable to aull range of experiences moods stunts with language tones expres. I love Stafford s matter Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art for awhile and ieltthat i talked Alice Oliver for awhile and Ieltthat I t such a bad guyWe stood there looking out at the eveningAnd maybe what we said in its way wasThanks The Protestant Temperament for our daily bread It is apparently a common thing in poetry publishingor a series of chapbooks to be turned into a mainstream publishing book and so it was with the last series of chapbooks to be written by William Stafford during his lifetime The poems themselves are surprisingly punchy demonstrating that William Stafford had not mellowed at all in his old age and that he was still remarkably ierce as a writer This particular set of poems was lovingly collected by the late poet s son Kim who wrote the afterword to this book and gives some explanation about the provenance of the book and his decision to have the book published by a regional press in Idaho rather than by a larger mainstream publisher Presumably that means that these poems have reached a smaller audience than earlier Stafford books or his popular compilations 1 but these poems are still the same sort of poems that one would expect rom a late William Stafford collection and if you are a The Radiant Child fan of the poet that is a good thing and makes this work of a bit than 100 pages an obvious and relatively uick readThis collection of poetry is divided intoour sections The irst three sections are based on chapbooks that Stafford had written in the last three years of his life ordered rom the most. This book brings together The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data four privately printed chapbooks and offers them to the general public in one volume All the poems are in William Stafford'samiliar reflective voice. .
Even in uiet Places Poems