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So, the world happens twice--

once what we see it as;

second it legends itself

deep, the way it is.

William Stafford filled his life and ours with poetry of challenge and consolation. The Way It Is gathers unpublished poems from his last year, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as an essential selection of works from throughout his career. An editorial team including his son Kim Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Robert Bly collaborated on shaping this book of Stafford's life in poetry.

The poems in The Way It Is encompass Stafford's rugged domesticity, the political edge of his irony, and his brave starings off into emptiness. What emerges here is Stafford's faith in language and the soul, those things that form the base for his artistic gyroscope. This collection reveals the depth and breadth of a poet for whom the art was to make a life richly lived.

Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1914, William Stafford was one of our most prolific and celebrated poets. He was a witness for peace, and for honesty, recognizing in his writing that "justice will take us millions of intricate moves." Author of over fifty books, and recipient of the National Book Award for Traveling through the Dark, Stafford was a professor at Lewis & Clark College, and a traveling teacher throughout the world. As a conscientious objector during World War II, he began his unswerving habit of writing before dawn each day, and his habitual generosity to other writers and readers. After serving as consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970, he was named Oregon's Poet Laureate in 1975. He died at his home in Oregon in 1993.

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"William Stafford's quiet presence in the landscape of American poetry in my lifetime has been a kind of continuing reassurance whose value always seemed to me beyond question. Even those of us who have read him for years are almost certain to be surprised now, I think, and repeatedly surprised, at the range and freshness of his gift, its responsiveness to the small, the plain, the apparently usual. I think his work as a whole will go on surprising us, growing as we recognize it, bearing witness in plain language to the holiness of the heart's affections which he seemed never to doubt. A treasure that he has left us."

W.S. Merwin

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William Stafford is widely recognized as one of the most important poets of this century. The Way It Is gathers, for the first time, many of the unpublished poems from his last months, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as a generous selection of works from throughout his career. An editorial team including his son Kim Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Robert Bly collaborated on shaping the monumental body of Stafford's lifetime work to ensure that the collection does justice to Stafford's prodigious range. What emerges is Stafford's faith in language and the soul, those things that form the base for his artistic gyroscope. This collection shows us the depth and breadth of a poet for whom the art was to make a life worth living

About the Author

William Stafford is one of America's most prolific and celebrated poets. He is the author of thirty-five books and recipient of several major awards, including the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark. He was a lifelong teacher who shared his thoughts with countless students through his thirty years as professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1914; he was named the Oregon Poet Laureate in 1975, and died in 1993.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781555972691
Afterword:
Stafford, Kim
Introduction:
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Author:
Stafford, William
Afterword by:
Stafford, Kim
Afterword:
Stafford, Kim
Author:
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
Duncan, BC :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.00 x 5.88 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
"William Stafford's quiet presence in the landscape of American poetry in my lifetime has been a kind of continuing reassurance whose value always seemed to me beyond question. Even those of us who have read him for years are almost certain to be surprised now, I think, and repeatedly surprised, at the range and freshness of his gift, its responsiveness to the small, the plain, the apparently usual. I think his work as a whole will go on surprising us, growing as we recognize it, bearing witness in plain language to the holiness of the heart's affections which he seemed never to doubt. A treasure that he has left us."

W.S. Merwin

"Synopsis" by , William Stafford is widely recognized as one of the most important poets of this century. The Way It Is gathers, for the first time, many of the unpublished poems from his last months, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as a generous selection of works from throughout his career. An editorial team including his son Kim Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Robert Bly collaborated on shaping the monumental body of Stafford's lifetime work to ensure that the collection does justice to Stafford's prodigious range. What emerges is Stafford's faith in language and the soul, those things that form the base for his artistic gyroscope. This collection shows us the depth and breadth of a poet for whom the art was to make a life worth living
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