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Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation (Poets on Poetry) Paperback – July 15, 1978
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As he says, "A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them."
This declaration alone, at a time where postmodern self-congratulation is so often confused for deep thinking, has nurtured my writing and reading of poetry more than any of the many books I read about the poetic craft.
This book is more than a collection by a poet speaking of what he's dedicated his life to, it is a treatise on how to live one's life. This is not something I'd say about many works, yet here is stunnigly clear.
Replace the word "writing" for "life," and you decide ...
"When I write, I like to have an interval before me when I am not likely to be interrupted. For me, this means usually the early morning, before others awake. I get a pen and paper, take a glance out of the window (often it is dark out there), and wait. It is like fishing. But I do not wait very long, for there is always a nibble--and this is where receptivity comes in. To get started I will accept anything that occurs to me. Something always occurs, of course, to any of us. We can't keep from thinking. Maybe I have to settle for an immediate impression: it's cold, or hot, or dark, or bright, or in between! Or--well, the possibilities are endless. If I put down something, that thing will help the next thing come, and I'm off.Read more ›
Reading this book is much like reading Stafford's poetry. The tone is relaxed but captivating, and he makes the task of writing well seem effortless. This book, together with "You Must Revise Your Life," is a fantastic read for writers of any level or ability.
can contain your truth. You write the "bad" ones along with the "good" and harvest a bounty of poems in your true voice. And in this way, Stafford seems to be saying, is how we let our heart sing and how we succeed. This book is a must for every writer.
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always a good idea to see how other poets think...and how that informs their work.Published 12 months ago by F. E. Stewart
Like everything this man ever wrote or spoke! The greatest contemporary poet in the English language. A giant. A titan!Published on December 29, 2013 by Frank Ryerson
Few people write better about the interior life of a writer than William Stafford. This book is for anyone who wants to live the life of a desert monk without actually taking... Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Susamoo