Every war has two losers: William Stafford on peace and war

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Milkweed Editions, Oct 20, 2003 - Fiction - 168 pages
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Publisher's description: Born the year World War I began, acclaimed poet William Stafford (191461993) spent World War II in a camp for conscientious objectors. Throughout a century of conflict he remained convinced that war simply doesn't work. By his writings, Stafford showed that it is possible7and crucial7to think independently when fanatics act, and to speak for reconciliation when nations take sides. He believed it to be a failure of imagination to see only two options: to fight or to run away. This book gathers the evidence of a lifetime2s commitment to nonviolence, including an account of Stafford2s near hanging at the hands of American patriots. In excerpts from his daily journal from 1951 to 1993, Stafford uses questions, alternative views of history, lyric invitations, and direct assessments of our political habits to suggest a way other than war. Many of these statements are published here for the first time, together with a generous selection of Stafford2s pacifist poems and interviews from elusive sources.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I know I've read William Stafford's poetry before now, but this anthology of prose, poetry and interviews made me sit up and resolve to read everything by him I can find. The title is from a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Macaria Corbett - Goodreads

William Stafford's works are so voluminous that one could actually miss the depth of his committment to pacifism. So, this book provides the focus on his poetry and journal entries and his life in ... Read full review

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Born in Kansas, William Stafford was educated in the Midwest and has taught at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He is a consciously "Western poet, a word-painter of Western landscapes. He is often linked with Robert Bly and James Wright as a poet of deep imagery. He has said: "My poetry seems to me direct and communicative, with some oddity and variety. It is usually not formal. It is much like talk, with some enhancement.

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914, and published over fifty books of poetry and prose.
Kim Stafford is a writer and director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.

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