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By Kim Stafford, William Stafford

"In our time there was no poet who revived human hearts and spirits extra convincingly than William Stafford." —Naomi Shihab Nye

Some time while the river is ice ask me
mistakes i've got made. inquire from me whether
what i've got performed is my life.
—from "Ask Me"

In get together of the poet's centennial, Ask Me collects 100 of William Stafford's crucial poems. As a conscientious objector in the course of international battle II, whereas assigned to Civilian Public provider camps Stafford started his day-by-day writing perform, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry finds the implications of violence, the day-by-day necessity of ethical judgements, and the bounty of paintings. chosen and with a notice by means of Kim Stafford, Ask Me provides the simplest from a profound and unique American voice.

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39. Note the reorientation into linear subjectivity, the pure present tense, the proclamation blooming into a shameful and totalizing singularity. The tectonic shift between me and I. The final couplet of a sonnet once launched here, its corpse still identifiable, though disassembled, undone. Poetry, alien autopsy. 40. “Though” marks the most nauseating turn in this poem, gathering itself, as it does, for a kind of thesis-making, puffing hard a nothing word in rehearsed formulation of a manufactured epiphany.

Not at all! It means that the gleam continues, though changes. ” —Stéphane Mallarmé, Crise de Vers [ 46 ] Pa in Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. >> He lives immured within the Bastille of a word. >> Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

Every word in this piece occupies an optically empowered position (either at the beginning or end of a line) except for “for” (line 3) whose significance is promoted by this anomaly. 29. The most inspirational single line of the composition. [ 43 ] 30. Funny story, the nouns “disease” and “unease” (line 34) were swapped in a late draft, trading in the synthetic comfort of emblematic exchange for slight surprise. Note the apocalyptic dismissal of—yet complicity in—a language system that can only express via false equivalences.

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