William Stafford ë 3 charactersTched the ears of the poems I liked best But when I was finished and had a chance to look back over my most liked their numbers jostled and shoved all wanting to be recognized Listing them all would be
yet I fear having to choose which to overlook So I will randomly choose three or four five poems no specific order After A Sleazy Show Distractions Playing the Game With Apologies All Around In the Library The Bent Over ones 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 one of my very favorite of his poems in it This late book is actually a posthumous collection of earlier chapbooks and a poetry series for outdoor signs commissioned by the Park Service As a collection I do not think it is one of Stafford s strongest books I think some of his earlier books are much stronger However Stafford was a tremendously prolific and gifted poet whose archives are now being 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 some of Stafford s so so poems Nonetheless I do hope that Stafford s work doesn t become diluted by publishing all his archival materialredundant yet I fear having to choose which to overlook So I will randomly choose three or four five poems
I d hate to see him become another Bukowski shefollowed where it went like a snowflakein love ravishingd hate to see him become another Bukowski shefollowed where it went like a snowflakein love ravishing of my all time favorites nature y thoughtful calming For me this collection of poems by William Stafford is a retreat into silence and beauty to those uiet places filled with light sometimes white sometimes rainbow hued of the reverence of nature of forgotten places and ways of life The poems in the last section of the book are part of a collection called The Methow River Poems written for the the US Forest Service as meditative texts to be displayed along a wilderness ro. And some had been freshly typed at the time of Stafford's death in August of 1993 The book is hospitable to a full range of experiences moods stunts with language tones expres. ,
Ad Through this last collection written right before his death Stafford has us journeying through nature s elements uestioning our place in nature and creating a longing for stillnessThe final part of the collection a real treat was written by Stafford s son after his death and before publishing this final collection of his work by Stafford s son after his death and before publishing this final "Collection Of His Work It His Son Opens Up A " of his work it his son opens up a into the private yearnings and musings of Stafford s inspirations creating in me a feeling of wistfullness over the great loss of such an extraordinary poet I love Stafford s matter of fact style his drawing
Upon The Natural Worldthe natural world his profound everyday wisdom One of my favoritesStray MomentsWe use One of my favorite collections uietly and incessantly these poems compel the reader to listen to the voice that descends finer than dust or moonlight in A Note Slid under the Door I share this sense of the finer world beyond our senses and appreciate how palpable Stafford makes it seem as he alludes to the little sound in Being a Person or the something beyond music in It s Like This He anthropomorphizes such stolid structures of nature as rivers mountains and trees so deftly the reader is hardly aware he is doing it Stafford reminds me of the mountains he describes in several poems one who pauses a long time and lets the world reveal itselfTwo favorites are Being a Person which is in one way a succinct parable of the creation story and In the Library which touches on 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 Stafford s work in various anthologies and compilations I found this volume disappointing It contains some lovely gems but the collection itself has a dreary lugubrious and at times morbid flavor written by a poet who perhaps was obsessing a bit too much over his twilight years. Sive landmarks and intimacies with the universe Long considered a major voice in twentieth century American poetry William Stafford is also one of our nation's most popular poe. ,
It is apparently a common thing in poetry publishing for a series of chapbooks to be turned into a mainstream publishing book and so it was with the last series 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 his old age and that he was still remarkably fierce as a writer This particular set 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 provenance of 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 or his popular compilations 1 but these poems are still the same sort of poems that one would expect from a late William Stafford
collection and if you are a fan of the poet that is aand if you are a fan of the poet that is a thing and makes this work of a bit than 100 pages an obvious and relatively uick readThis collection of poetry is divided into four sections The first three sections are based on chapbooks that Stafford had written in the last three years of his life 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 twenty of the poems are ones that Even in uiet Places is a short collection 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 centennial of Stafford s birth and I ve been reading and listening to a lot of his work The local library has a handful of 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 no. This book brings together four privately printed chapbooks and offers them to the general public in one volume All the poems are in William Stafford's familiar reflective voice.