Down in my heart

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Bench Press, 1947 - Biography & Autobiography - 94 pages
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"Down in My Heart is not only Stafford's first book, but in some ways it is his most important book because it lays out the radical social & moral code by which he lived his life as a pacifist, a code that underlies every poem he ever wrote."-The Bloomsbury Review

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User Review  - Patricia Dietz - Goodreads

Memoir of a conscientious objector in WWII, Stafford is one of my favorite poets. This is a reflection on his experiences as a CO in a camp with others who also did not believe in the war or care to be involved. Written with a thoughtful sensitive poet's eye on life. Read full review

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User Review  - John Orman - Goodreads

Stafford was a conscientious objector during WWII, and was interned in work camps. In this memoir of those times, he recalls the issues of war and peace, killing and surviving, that enthralled a ... Read full review


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About the author (1947)

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.

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