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Sound of the Ax

Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford

William Stafford
Vincent Wixon
Paul Merchant
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    Sound of the Ax
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    Sound of the Axbrings together for the first time over four hundred aphorisms and twenty-six aphoristic poems by one of America's most essential poets of the twentieth century. Many readers are familiar with the trenchant nature of William Stafford's poems, with lines such as "Justice will take us millions of intricate moves" and "Your job is to find what the world is trying to be," but have never had the opportunity to read a sustained selection from the thousands of wise, witty, and penetrating statements he created in over forty years of daily writing in his journal. In keeping with Stafford's varied interests, the aphorisms inSound of the Axexplore many topics-war and peace, involvement, aging, appearances, fear, egotism, writing, nature, animals, suffering, faith, living an ethical life, and so on-with his incisive view. The poems are either made up entirely or primarily aphorisms, and range from the well-known "Things I Learned Last Week" to some never before collected. Readers will find much to enjoy and to think about here, and will return over and over toSound of the Axfor inspiration, pleasure, and wisdom from an author noted for his integrity and mindful living.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-7966-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Editors’ Preface
    (pp. vii-xii)
    Vincent Wixon and Paul Merchant
  2. [SOUND OF THE AX: Aphorisms and Poems]
    (pp. 1-82)