Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford by Kim Stafford, William Stafford

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 party of the poet's centennial, Ask Me collects 100 of William Stafford's crucial poems. As a conscientious objector in the course of global struggle II, whereas assigned to Civilian Public carrier camps Stafford all started his day-by-day writing perform, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry unearths the results 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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford PDF

Similar poetry books

The People Look Like Flowers At Last

The fuel line is leaking, the chook is long gone from the

cage, the skyline is dotted with vultures;

Benny eventually bought off the stuff and Betty now has a job

as a waitress; and

the chimney sweep used to be really gentle as he

giggled up via the


I walked miles throughout the urban and recognized

not anything as an immense claw ate at my

belly whereas the interior of my head felt

ethereal as though i used to be approximately to go


it's no longer rather a lot that not anything means

whatever yet extra that it retains meaning


there's no free up, simply authorities and self-

appointed gods and hucksters.

the extra humans say, the fewer there's to say.

even the simplest books are dry sawdust.

—from "fingernails; nostrils; shoelaces"

Special Orders

In targeted Orders, the well known poet Edward Hirsch brings us a brand new sequence of tightly crafted poems, paintings that demonstrates an exciting enlargement of his tone and subject material. it really is with a mix of grief and pleasure that Hirsch examines what he calls "the minor triumphs, the key failures" of his existence thus far, in strains that demonstrate a startling frankness within the guy composing them, a fearlessness in confronting his personal inner divisions: "I lived among my center and my head, / like a married couple who can't get along," he writes in "Self-portrait.

The Alexandreis: A Twelfth-Century Epic

Walter of Châtillons Latin epic at the lifetime of Alexander the nice was once a 12th- and thirteenth-century "best-seller:" scribes produced over 2 hundred manuscripts. The poem follows Alexander from his first successes in Asia Minor, via his conquest of Persia and India, to his innovative ethical degeneration and his poisoning by means of a disaffected lieutenant.

Field Work: Poems

Box paintings is the checklist of 4 years within which Seamus Heaney left the violence of Belfast to settle in a rustic cottage along with his family members in Glanmore, County Wicklow. Heeding "an early caution procedure to come again inside of my very own head," Heaney wrote poems with a brand new power and adulthood, relocating from the political issues of his landmark quantity North to a extra own, contemplative method of the realm and to his personal writing.

Additional info for Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

Sample text

33 ANGELA ADÓN1CA H o y me he tendido ju n to a una jo ven pura com o a la orilla de un océano blanco, com o en el cen tro de una ardiente estrella de len to espacio. D e su mirada largamente verde la luz caía como un agua seca, en transparentes y profundos círculos de fresca fuerza. Su pecho como un fuego de dos llamas ardía en dos regiones levantado, y en doble río llegaba a sus pies grandes y claros. U n clima de oro maduraba apenas las diurnas longitudes de su cuerpo llenándolo de frutas extendidas y oculto fuego.

The furniture travels filled w ith his silent being like little ships inside the oíd ship, laden w ith his vague and evanescent being: the wardrobes, the green covers o f the tables, the color o f the curtains and of the floor, everything has suffered the slow emptiness of his hands, and his breath has worn things out. H e glides and slides, descends, transparent, air within the coid air that courses through the ship, w ith hidden hands he leans above the railings w atching the bitter sea as it flees behind the ship.

Sucede que me canso de ser hombre. Sin embargo sería delicioso asustar a un notario con un lirio cortado o dar muerte a una monja con un golpe de oreja. Sería bello ir por las calles con un cu ch illo verde y dando gritos hasta m orir de fr ío . N o quiero seguir siendo raíz en las tinieblas, vacilante, extendido, tiritando de sueño, hacia abajo, en las tripas mojadas de la tierra, absorbiendo y pensando, comiendo cada día. N o quiero para mi tantas desgracias, N o quiero continuar de raíz y de tumba, de subterráneo solo, de bodega con muertos, aterido, muriéndome de pena.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.85 of 5 – based on 49 votes