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“In our time there has been no poet who revived human hearts and spirits more convincingly than William Stafford.” —Naomi Shihab Nye

Some time when the river is ice ask me

mistakes I have made. Ask me whether

what I have done is my life.

—from “Ask Me”

In celebration of the poet's centennial, Ask Me collects one hundred of William Stafford's essential poems. As a conscientious objector during World War II, while assigned to Civilian Public Service camps Stafford began his daily writing practice, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry reveals the consequences of violence, the daily necessity of moral decisions, and the bounty of art. Selected and with a note by Kim Stafford, Ask Me presents the best from a profound and original American voice.

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“Stafford...left behind a body of work that represents some of the finest poetry written during the second half of the twentieth century.” Library Journal

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"Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems is a wonderful one-volume introduction to Stafford's poetry." Oregonian

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"Stafford was a phenomenon....In this selection of one hundred poems published to celebrate his centenary, Stafford emerges as an allegorist, a messenger....These poised poems are revealing without being explicit, as in the final line of the justly famous title poem, 'What the river says, that is what I say.'" Booklist

About the Author

William Stafford (1914-1993) was the author of more than fifty books, including Traveling Through the Dark, winner of the National Book Award. He served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and was Oregon's poet laureate.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555976644
Subtitle:
100 Essential Poems of William Stafford
Author:
WIlliam Stafford and Kim Stafford
Preface:
Stafford, Kim
Editor:
Stafford, Kim
Author:
Stafford, William
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140107
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Review" by , "Stafford was a phenomenon....In this selection of one hundred poems published to celebrate his centenary, Stafford emerges as an allegorist, a messenger....These poised poems are revealing without being explicit, as in the final line of the justly famous title poem, 'What the river says, that is what I say.'"
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