The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems
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 The Way It Is gathers unpublished poems from his last year, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as an essential selection of works from throughout his career.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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Review: The Way It Is: New and Selected PoemsUser Review - Jsavett1 - Goodreads
Stafford is just wonderful. These poems are some of the best I've read for their freshness and heart. I read a review recently from the New York Review of Books suggesting that Stafford is sort of a ... Read full review
Review: The Way It Is: New and Selected PoemsUser Review - John Orman - Goodreads
These wonderful works were culled from 3000 poems published by William Stafford, the late Poet Laureate of oregon, including the last poem written the morning of his death. Many of the titles refer to ... Read full review