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 The Way It Is gathers unpublished poems from his last year, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as an essential selection of works from throughout his career.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 - Cynthia - Goodreads
It may be a mistake, if you're just beginning to read poetry for the first time when you are old, to start with a long book by just one poet. An anthology may be the way to go. If you're reading just ... Read full review
Review: The Way It Is: New and Selected PoemsUser Review - Barry - Goodreads
Lovely work, that shows Staffords forte of making the simple and everyday things vibrate. Not consistently stellar... some lapses in imagery like "Here came a horse, clippety-clop, away" (Learners ... Read full review