Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)
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Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 104 Pages / Published: 10/02/2014
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Sound of the Ax brings 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 in Sound of the Ax explore many topics - war and peace, involvement, ageing, 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 to Sound of the Ax for inspiration, pleasure and wisdom from an author noted for his integrity and mindful living.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822962960
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"These brilliant lines are tuning forks, weather reports from a resonant interior world, to help us with the mysterious days confounding us. Dip in anywhere, repeatedly. Discover well-sharpened, minimalist axes of language, severing distraction and excess from our overstimulated brains. Whether you are a lifetime Stafford reader or brand-new to his voice makes no difference--his lines will help anyone live."

--Naomi Shihab Nye


"The Zuni believed that wearing turquoise made a horse sure-footed. When I'm reading Bill Stafford's Sound of the Ax I feel as if I'm walking along the same craggy mountains but, now, with a pound of turquoise in my saddlebags."
--Toi Derricotte

"This book is a pile of good kindling. William Stafford is sitting here with the whittling knife, playful, very intelligent, so lively and provocative. Sit down with him and feed some of these to your own fire."

--Coleman Barks


"Sound of the Ax is aces. It reveals many of Bill's greatest strengths--a willingness to live in company with paradox and the unknown, a sense of mission, a sense of fun. It'll go with New Poems of Emily Dickinson and Merwin's Asian Figures, kept within reach at the back of my desk."
--Robert Adams, photographer

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