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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; 1 edition (October 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571312730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571312730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Reams of relentlessly honest notes about war and peace." -- Portland Magazine, Spring 2004

We could do worse than pay attention to voices like Stafford's--which insist on patience and tact in whatever we do. -- Christian Century, April 6, 2004

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Riling on May 13, 2005
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As a review of this book, I offer only that after reading less than a third of it, I ordered additional copies to give away to others. I can't think of another time that I have done this. Expect to be prodded by humor and deep thinking, and moved to joy and tears by Stafford's reflections on war and peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ravi C. on July 4, 2010
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Poet William Stafford was born in 1914, and was a Masters student at the University of Kansas when World War II broke out. Based on his lifelong beliefs, partially inherited from his pacifist mother, he got Conscientious Objector (CO) status and was placed in CO work camps for the duration of the war. His first writings about war and pacifism were collected in the book DOWN IN MY HEART. EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS was published 10 years after Stafford's death in 1993, and is a collection of his writings and interviews which touched on peace, war and pacifism. The first part of the book consists of selections from early morning journal entries. These I found mostly trivial scribblings, with a few occasional standouts. The next part contains a few dozen poems, and was enjoyable. The last part was primarily interviews about pacifism and recollections of his CO days. Overall, my favorite parts of the book were (1) its title - which is quite a zen koan, and keeps you thinking; (2) the lovely introduction by Kim Stafford, William Stafford's son; (3) many poems, including the one that starts the volume (These Mornings); and (4) the historical value of learning about CO's during the "good war". There were apparently thousands of them. I'm very much against war myself, but people ask me: what about the Revolutionary War? What about the Civil War? What would you do about Hitler? Well, all those wars are in the past, and we can't re-fight them now. Books like this help us keep in mind what will be lost, even in a so-called "just" war, even if we "win". Stafford and other CO's present an option to choosing sides in a conflict, and make room for reconciliation and peace. I write this on July 4th, 2010, just before fireworks are lit here in San Francisco. I hope there's more peace in the world on the next July 4th.
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By Thomas J. Heine on December 2, 2013
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Fantastic writing and poetry from a pacifist. Worth reading and reflecting on Stafford's life long dedication to pacifism and his personal struggles in coming to terms with this comportment.
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William Stafford has long impressed me as a very good poet, and now that I've read this book I realized that he was a very good man. A wonderful combination! I have recommended the book to relatives and friends. I recommend it to all who savor peace and want thoughts to enhance their own beliefs.
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“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” Albert Einstein. View this work with this quote in mind. Wm Stafford made the most of his "un-war" years by getting to know other humans (conscientious objectors or not) and their travails as well as commenting on his own.
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