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Description:New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 136 p. Poets on...New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 136 p. Poets on Poetry (Paperback). In Stock. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Brand New, Perfect Condition, allow 4-14 business days for standard shipping. To Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. protectorate, P.O. box, and APO/FPO addresses allow 4-28 business days for Standard shipping. No expedited shipping. All orders placed with expedited shipping will be cancelled. Over 3, 000, 000 happy customers.
Description:New. As the story goes, William Stafford rose every morning...New. As the story goes, William Stafford rose every morning well before dawn, made coffee and toast, planted himself on the couch and wrote a poem. Every day, or nearly so. To hear him tell it, ''I have plenty of poems. People have told me that my way is spineless and slovenly. And I understand that point of view, but...each piece comes to me as a crystallization of its own, and preferably without my thinking of its effect on others. '' For Stafford, writing is a process which engenders life. It isn't so much about having something to say as it is discovering new things one ''would not have thought of if he had not started to say them. '' Besides having a wonderfully keen title, this collection includes essays, interviews, poems on the process of writing, and a section titled ''Where Do Poems Come From? '' in which Stafford traces the birth, gestation and maturation of several of his own pieces. Stafford advocates allegiance and commitment to students in the classroom. His place is not to correct but to understand and participate in the writing of a life, in the way that experience and reverie converge in the poem. As with any strain of poetic theory (Stafford might cringe at that narrow description of what he's trying to say here), there's plenty to take issue with. Stafford's view on making poetry can seem oversimplified. He hardly ever discusses technique and seldom refers to the work of other poets or critics. But then again, it's doubtful Stafford would mind such an assessment, seeing the way he values the dance of a lively discussion most of all. 118 pp.
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