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William Stafford (1) (1914–1993)

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About the Author

William Edgar Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on January 17, 1914. He received a B.A. in 1937 and a master's degree in English in 1947 from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1954. During the Second World War, he was a conscientious objector and worked in mostrar mais the civilian public service camps. He wrote about this experience in the prose memoir Down in My Heart, which was published in 1947. He taught at Lewis and Clark College from 1948 until his retirement in 1980. During his lifetime, he published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose including The Rescued Year, Stories That Could Be True: New and Collected Poems, Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation, and An Oregon Message. He received several awards including a Shelley Memorial Award, a Western States Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, and the National Book Award in 1963 for Traveling Through the Dark. In 1970, he was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position currently known as the Poet Laureate). He died on August 28, 1993. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por William Stafford

The Way It Is (1998) 268 exemplares
Even in Quiet Places: Poems (2010) 111 exemplares
You Must Revise Your Life (1986) 111 exemplares
Stories That Could Be True (1977) 83 exemplares
Passwords (1991) 45 exemplares
My Name Is William Tell: Poems (1992) 44 exemplares
The Animal that Drank Up Sound (1800) 40 exemplares
Glass Face in the Rain: New Poems (1982) 31 exemplares
Traveling Through The Dark (1962) 30 exemplares
Rescued Year (1966) 27 exemplares
Allegiances (1970) 21 exemplares
A Scripture of Leaves (1989) 20 exemplares
Segues (1983) 19 exemplares
Someday, Maybe: New Poems (1973) 16 exemplares
Kansas Poems of William Stafford (1990) 10 exemplares
Two Lectures (1973) 4 exemplares
Wyoming (1985) 4 exemplares
Going Places. Poems (1974) 4 exemplares
Tuned in late one night (1978) 3 exemplares
Holding onto the Grass (1994) 3 exemplares
The Quiet of the Land (1979) 3 exemplares
Five American Poets — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The voices of prose (1966) 3 exemplares
West of Your City (1960) 3 exemplares
Writing the world (1988) 3 exemplares
Tuft by puff (1978) 2 exemplares
Temporary facts (1970) 2 exemplares
Two about music (1978) 2 exemplares
The Design on the Oriole (1977) 2 exemplares
Sometimes Like a Legend (1981) 2 exemplares
History is loose again: Poems (1991) 2 exemplares
That other alone (1973) 2 exemplares
Hearing Voices 1 exemplar
In the clock of reason (1973) 1 exemplar
Weather (1969) 1 exemplar
Absolution 1 exemplar
Annie-over: Poems (1988) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições928 exemplares
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 835 exemplares
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contribuidor — 393 exemplares
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor, algumas edições385 exemplares
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contribuidor — 365 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
Poets of World War II (2003) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Xanadu (1993) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (1996) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest (1993) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Harvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems (1989) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
New American Review #4 (1968) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Of Solitude and Silence (1981) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
A Poet's Dozen: Fourteen Poems by Pacific Northwest Poets (1966) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Northwest Review Vol. XIII, No. 3, 1973, William Stafford Issue (1973) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Poems by Ghalib (The Hudson Review) — Tradutor — 2 exemplares
Out Of Sight *90: A Primer of Domestic Poetry — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Dacotah territory 5 summer-fall 1973 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Sunstone - Vol. 8:1-2, January/April 1983 (1983) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



You can tell this is a collection of assorted material from a dead person, mostly because it's disjointed and unpolished. I liked the aphorisms more than the poems. The latter seemed largely unfinished or generic. Some of the aphorisms were trite or didn't strike me as profound, but mostly they struck a good balance between specificity and applicability. Here are some of the ones that I liked the most:

"Many things true when said, the world makes untrue."

"If there is a trail, you have taken a wrong turn."

"Strange, the best part of a room is a window."

"The sky is bigger than any country."

"There are many of those who have sense enough to come in out of the rain who do not have sense enough to go out in the sun."

"My kind of faith is that most mountains won't move."

"It is not the sound of the ax that cuts down the tree."

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.”

… (mais)
wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
One of the things I have always admired about Bill Stafford is the gentle way he doesn't mince words. I found this appropriate in his reminiscences of a few episodes from his experience as CO during WWII. This book left a profound impression upon me (in conjunction with previous readings of Stafford's poetry). I am reading it during that dark night of the soul that is January 2021. How can you oppose violence and hatred effectively while yourself avoiding the psychology and emotion that is fueling them? How big can community truly be? Can even a small community that shares ultimate goals and outlooks still include those with elemental differences on the roots of those goals or the tactics best used to further them? Stafford puts human faces into these equations while delineating an environment that is in turn idyllic and horrific. For those who have read Stafford's poetry it will be no surprise that the writing is beautiful and simple. The descriptions of the mountains of Northern CA and fire fighting there are wonderful. They are of a piece with the philosophical and political quest that brought the author there.… (mais)
pitjrw | Jan 23, 2021 |
A 2.5, really. And I really didn't care for Bly's introduction. I'll have to try some of Stafford's that are his own collection.
giovannaz63 | 5 outras críticas | Jan 18, 2021 |
I think you either like poetry or you don't. As it happens, I love it. There is never a time (so far) that I can't pick up a poem and read it. It doesn't matter who wrote it or what era it came from. I don't like them all, but I am always glad I read them. And my favorite poet of all time is William Stafford. He looked around our world and saw things that the rest of us walk carelessly past every day. Astounding things. He has opened my eyes to so much. I will be forever grateful for the day I found Fall Journey and took the time to read it. I've been stocking my shelves ever since.… (mais)
lorsomething | 2 outras críticas | May 2, 2020 |



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