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The Way It Is
The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems | William Stafford
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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 The Way It Is gathers unpublished poems from his last year, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as an essential selection of works from throughout his career.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.
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TheSpineView Lovely poem 3mo
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kspenmoll Thank you for this! Read with my morning coffee. 6mo
batsy Lovely 📚💕 6mo
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TheSpineView More great poems! You are on a roll! 11mo
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TheSpineView Another great poem! 😍 11mo
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batsy Thanks for this. Very calming, slows the mind down. Which is just what I needed. 3y
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