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The late William Stafford was one of America's most widely admired poets, yet Stafford's work has always remained controversial. On William Stafford: The Worth of Local Things brings together responses from both critics and fellow poets, including Margaret Atwood, Robert Coles, Robert Creeley, James Dickey, Richard Hugo, Linda Pastan, Charles Simic, and Louis Simpson. The reviews of Stafford's achievements offer a unique view into some of the livelier debates in poetics of recent decades and help to clarify the precise nature of his tremendous influence on American poetry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472083213
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Under Discussion Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Book Reviews
William Stafford 3
From "Important and Unimportant Poems" 5
From "Design and Matter" 7
From "The New Poetry" 10
From "'Think What's Got Away . . .'" 12
Country Boy 14
From "Five Poets" 17
From "The Expansional Poet: The Return to Personality" 20
"Quiet as All Books" 23
A Book to Build On 25
From "The Raw and the Cooked" 27
Someday, Maybe 30
From "The Shocks of Normality" 31
Someday, Maybe 41
Like Talk 44
From "Expressing the Difference" 47
From "In Quiet Language" 50
From "Poets on Poetry" 58
From "Lives on Leaves" 60
From "A Remarkable Diversity" 63
Just Being 67
From "News from the Glacier and A Glass Face in the Rain" 72
From "Feeding the Hunger for Stories" 77
Segues: A Correspondence in Poetry 79
From "The Poetry of Realism" 80
Roving across Fields and Smoke's Way 82
You Must Revise Your Life 84
From "Owls, Monkeys and Spiders in Space" 85
From "Short Reviews" 87
From "Together and Apart" 89
Pt. 2 General Essays
Without Heroes, without Villains: Identity and Community in Down in My Heart 95
William Stafford: " 'Tell Us What You Deserve,' the Whole World Said" 104
Problems with Landscapes in Early Stafford Poems 113
William Stafford's Allegiances 121
William Stafford and the Surprise Cliche 132
William Stafford's Long Walk 138
Two Views of the Lone Man 143
William Stafford: Eight Notions 147
From "The First Person" 150
The Absence of the Artist 154
William Stafford's Wilderness Quest 165
Willingly Fallible: The Essays / The Art 203
Pt. 3 Essays on Particular Poems or Articles
From "One Vote" 215
"At the Bomb Testing Site" 219
"Thinking for Berky": Millions of Intricate Moves 221
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach" 233
William Stafford's "Mornings" 236
A Comment on William Stafford's "A Way of Writing" in Field 2 246
"Waking at 3 A.M." 249
"Ask Me" 253
"Knowing": Glimpses into Something Ever Larger 255
"Things I Learned Last Week" 258
"1940": Shivers of Summer Wind 260
Pt. 4 Conclusion
Jurors' Citation, 1992 Western States Book Awards: Lifetime Achievement in Poetry 271
Selected Bibliography 273
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