Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

By Kim Stafford, William Stafford

"In our time there was no poet who revived human hearts and spirits extra convincingly than William Stafford." —Naomi Shihab Nye

Some time while the river is ice ask me
mistakes i've got made. inquire from me whether
what i've got performed is my life.
—from "Ask Me"

In get together of the poet's centennial, Ask Me collects 100 of William Stafford's crucial poems. As a conscientious objector in the course of international struggle II, whereas assigned to Civilian Public provider camps Stafford all started his day-by-day writing perform, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry unearths the implications of violence, the day-by-day necessity of ethical judgements, and the bounty of paintings. chosen and with a be aware by way of Kim Stafford, Ask Me provides the easiest from a profound and unique American voice.

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Simply be prepared for what God sends. ” I listened and positioned my hand out within the solar back. It used to be all effortless. good, it used to be the day past. And the solar got here, Why It got here. Smoke Smoke’s way’s a superb way—find, or be rebuffed and long gone: an afternoon and an afternoon, the total international domestic. Smoke? Into the mountains i suppose decades in the past. as soon as the following, sure, in all places. Say whatever? No. I observed Smoke, gradual vacationer, reluctant yet certain. Hesitant occasionally, certain, simply because that’s the best way issues are. Smoke by no means doubts notwithstanding: a few new flow will seem. at any place you're, there's one other door. WILLIAM STAFFORD (1914–1993) used to be born in Hutchinson, Kansas. In his early years he labored numerous jobs—in sugar beet fields, in building, at an oil refinery—and bought his bachelor’s and master’s levels from the collage of Kansas. A conscientious objector and pacifist, he spent the years 1942–1946 in Arkansas and California paintings camps within the Civilian Public provider, scuffling with woodland fires, development and retaining trails and roads, halting soil erosion, and starting his behavior of emerging early each morning to jot down. After the battle he taught highschool, labored for Church international provider, and joined the English school of Lewis & Clark collage in Portland, Oregon, the place he taught until eventually his retirement. He bought his PhD from the college of Iowa. He married Dorothy wish Frantz in 1944, and so they have been the fogeys of 4 youngsters. Stafford was once the writer of greater than sixty books, the 1st of which, West of Your urban, used to be released while he was once forty-six. He bought the 1963 nationwide ebook Award for touring throughout the darkish. He served as Poetry advisor for the Library of Congress from 1970–1971 and was once appointed Oregon nation Poet Laureate in 1975. He got the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of the US. An vastly enjoyed and well-known author, a beneficiant mentor to aspiring poets far and wide, Stafford traveled millions of miles in his later years, giving enormous quantities of readings in faculties and universities, group facilities and libraries, during the usa and in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, Austria, and Poland. seeing that his loss of life in 1993, his poetry has been amassed within the manner it's: New and chosen Poems and in one other international as a substitute: The Early Poems of William Stafford 1937–1947. booklet layout through Rachel Holscher. Composition through BookMobile layout & electronic writer providers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. synthetic by means of Versa Press on acid-free, 30 percentage postconsumer wastepaper.

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