Rd s work in various anthologies and compilations I this volume disappointing
contains some lovely gems but collection itself has a lugubrious and at times morbid flavor written by a poet who perhaps was bsessing a bit too much Snowbound with Her Hero over his twilight years It is apparently a common thing in poetry publishing for a seriesf chapbooks to be turned into a mainstream publishing book and so it was with the last series Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, 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 hisld age and that he was still remarkably fierce as a writer This particular set Mountain Man 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 provenancef 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 Her Man From Shilo or his popular compilations 1 but these poems are still the same sortf poems that ne would expect from a late William Stafford collection and ifIT CONTAINS SOME LOVELY GEMS BUT
You Are A Fanare a fan the poet that is a good thing and makes this work f a bit than 100 pages an Champagne with a Celebrity obvious and relatively uick readThis collectionf poetry is divided into four sections The first three sections are based Secret Agent Affair (The Doctors Pulaski, on chapbooks that Stafford had written in the last three yearsf his life The Salvation of Zachary Baumkletterer ordered from the most recent to the least most recent Who Are You Really Wanderer Holding Onto The Grass and History Is Loose Again The last twentyf the poems are Courting Callie (Heart of the West/Bachelor Auction, ones that were written by Stafford for the Methow River project where Stafford submitted twenty poemsf which seven were chosen to grace signs in a national forest and which had never been published before this time in any form From the beginning the reader can witness the political nature Mortimer, Mallory and Allen Taster Collection of this poetry with the author praising a new language that is without pretense and manyf the poems within show a similar political edge Stafford plays with the thought Mustang Wild (Wild, ofbscenity in My NEA Poem where he points to the way that claims The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea of artistic freedomften result in the proliferation A PHYSICAL AFFAIR of profanity Other poems deal with identity politics like an interesting all verbs poem that is written in the veinf translated Navajo Another poem gives well meaning advice for the chairman I'm the Boss of Me: A Guide to Owning Your Career of any committee that Stafford isn giving his perspective in a pithy and effective way And so it goes with reminisces a look at the author s life as an Brief Lives old professor and reflectionsn issues Texas Manhunt (Chance, Texas of family and creationThis book is certainlyne Condor of the pointed booksf poetry in the Stafford Deception oeuvre but it demonstra. And some had been freshly typed at the timef Stafford's death in August Bliss County - Der Traum in Weiß of 1993 The book is hospitable to a full rangef experiences moods stunts with language tones expres. Shefollowed where it went like a snowflakein love ravishing One The Bride in Blue of my all time favorites nature y thoughtful calming For me this collectionf poems by
William Stafford is a retreat into silence and beauty to those uiet places filled with lightStafford is a retreat into silence and beauty to those uiet places filled with light white sometimes rainbow hued The Life Lucy Knew of the reverencef nature The Lone Sheriff of forgotten places and waysf life The poems in the last section The Bridal Suite of the book are partf a collection called The Methow River Poems written for the the US Forest Service as meditative texts to be displayed along a wilderness road Through this last collection written right before his death Stafford has us journeying through nature s elements uestioning The Troublesome Angel our place in nature and creating a longing for stillnessThe final partf the collection a real treat was written by Stafford s son after his death and before publishing this final collection Developing Drivers with the Windows Driver Foundation: Dev Driver Win Driver Fou_p1 eBook: Penny Orwick, Guy Smith: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. of his work In it his sonpens up a window into the private yearnings and musings The Desert Princes Proposal of Stafford s inspirations creating in me a feelingf wistfullness The Makeover Prescription (Sugar Falls, Idaho over the great lossf such an extraordinary poet I love Stafford s matter f fact style his drawing upon the natural world and
"His Profound Everyday Wisdom "profound everyday wisdom f my favoritesStray MomentsWe used to ask remember We saidour daily bread And it cameNow we want and security tooYou can t be too sure AndWhy should we trust Who saysAnd Old Who doesn t speak any They used to have Thunder talk rThe Rivers r Leaves The Book of Pride or Birds It s allCheep cheep now It s a long timesince a cloud said anything helpfulBut last night a prophet was talkingdisguised as a clerk at the checkut standGee it s been a good dayAnd we talked for awhile and I feltthat I wasn t such a bad guyWe stood there looking The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel) out at the eveningAnd maybe what we said in its way wasThanks forur daily bread One f my favorite *Collections Uietly And Incessantly These Poems Compel The Reader To *uietly and incessantly these poems compel the reader to to the voice that descends finer than dust r moonlight in A Note Slid under the Door I share this sense Conscious of the finer world beyondur senses and appreciate how palpable Stafford makes it seem as he alludes to the little sound in Being a Person Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families or the something beyond music in It s Like This He anthropomorphizes such stolid structuresf nature as rivers mountains and trees so deftly the reader is hardly aware he is doing it Stafford reminds me Chosen by the Alien Lord (Rusneon Mates, of the mountains he describes in several poemsne who pauses a long time and lets the world reveal itselfTwo favorites are Being a Person which is in Violentology one way a succinct parablef the creation story and In the Library which touches n the surreal You turn a page carefully Over 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 Having read and enjoyed Staffo. This book brings together four privately printed chapbooks and ffers them to the general public in ne volume All the poems are in William Stafford's familiar reflective voice. Tes that Stafford was seeking to challenge himself
as well as his audience through the end f his life The poems reveal some interesting tensions withwell as his audience through the end The Forgotten of his life The poems reveal some interesting tensions with heart and mind that clearly wanted to grow and develop even as the author was nearing eighty yearsf 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 f his life Stafford continued writing and continued struggling against the violence that was all around "And This Poem Is "this poem is to his pposition to warfare renderings f traumatic bullying nightmares declining morality and even the violence ne can find in creation with bitterly cold winds symbolic The Shadowhunters Codex of the horrors that people feel the need to share Stafford s work leaves the reader with an unsettling simplicity that hides layersf possible meaning1 See for example Even in uiet Places is a short collection The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs of poetry by William Stafford January 17 1914 August 28 1993 The poems are accessible to all and there s an afterward by Kim Stafford Oregon is celebrating the centennialf Stafford s birth and I ve been reading and listening to a lot Damnable Grace: Hades Hangmen Series, Book 5 of his work The local library has a handfulf audio collections with Stafford reading his poems If you cultivate an appreciation for Stafford s style I highly recommend listening to these recordingsWhile traversing this volume I notched the ears f the poems I liked best But when I was finished and had a chance to look back ver my most liked their numbers jostled and shoved all wanting to be recognized Listing them all would be redundant yet I fear having to choose which to verlook So I will randomly choose three or four five poems in no specific rder four five poems in no specific Play Something Dancy order A Sleazy Show Distractions Playing the Game With Apologies All Around In the Library The Bent Overnes Pretty Good Day What Gets Away From the Wild People Cottonwood Ask Me I am an avid William Stafford fan so I did enjoy this bookIt also has Stella onef my very favorite Phoebe and Her Unicorn Activity Book of his poems in it This late book is actually a posthumous collectionf earlier chapbooks and a poetry series for The Tenant outdoor signs commissioned by the Park Service As a collection I do not think it isne Unstoppable (Tracers, of Stafford s strongest books I think somef his earlier books are much stronger However Stafford was a tremendously prolific and gifted poet whose archives are now being The Moon and the Thorn 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 somef 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 Bukowski. Sive landmarks and intimacies with the universe Long considered a major voice in twentieth century American poetry William Stafford is also UQ Holder! T15 onef ur nation's most popular poe.
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