The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems
So, the world happens twice--
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 The Way It Is gathers unpublished poems from his last year, including the poem he wrote the day he died, as well as an essential selection of works from throughout his career.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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bezoar44 - LibraryThing
A friend whose reactions to the world I particularly admire posted a poem by William Stafford online recently; that was the first I'd heard of him. These poems mostly fall within a distinct emotional ... Read full review
The way it is: new & selected poemsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A National Book Award winner in 1963, Stafford was also poet laureate of Oregon, and throughout his work he celebrated the beauty of nature while admonishing us to pause and enjoy it. This compendium celebrates the 35-book career of a lyric poet par excellence who died in 1993. Read full review