The Answers Are inside the Mountains : Meditations on the Writing Life (Poets on Poetry)

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The Answers Are inside the Mountains : Meditations on the Writing Life (Poets on Poetry)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 192 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780472068548
  • DDC分類 811.54

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A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.In this fourth collection of reflections on writing and the writing life, the late William Stafford's lifelong refusal to separate his work from the task of living responsibly-"What a person is shows up in what a person does"-rings clear.The Answers Are Inside the Mountains collects unpublished interviews, poems, articles, aphorisms, and writing exercises from this great American man of letters and hugely prolific author, who kept a journal for nearly half a century and produced over 20,000 poems-a staggering output by any standard.The book begins with the words "To overwhelm by rightness," a phrase evoking the two demands Stafford made on himself: to write daily, and to live uprightly. The Answers Are Inside the Mountains lives up to those deceptively simple ethics, and confirms William Stafford's enduringly important voice for our uncertain age.

Table of Contents

I: Being a Poet: Comments and Interviews
A Just Right Resonance 3 (2)
"It Still Takes a Spark from Heaven": An 5 (6)
Interview with Amy Godine
Contradictory Influences 11 (6)
Poems on Poets: Emily Dickinson, John 17 (5)
Berryman, John Ashbery, Galway Kinnell,
Richard Hugo
The Art of Poetry: The Paris Review Interview 22 (20)
with William Young
Opportunities to Retrieve Paradise 42 (4)
Speaking of Writing... 46 (4)
Some Suggestions from Experience 50 (2)
The Answers Are Inside the Mountains 52 (5)
II: On Workshops and Poetry Classes
Meeting the Workshop 57 (2)
The Minuet 59 (3)
Goals 62 (3)
An Allegiance to the Most Tongue-Tied: A 65 (8)
Discussion of Workshops with Claire
Cooperstein
A Memory Map Exercise 73 (6)
Workshop Insights 79 (5)
The Classroom Contract 84 (6)
From a Class on Poetry 90 (3)
Farewell after a "Craft Lecture" 93 (4)
III: Daily Writing
Three Poems on Writing 97 (3)
Three Days, Four Poems: An Interview with 100(21)
Vincent Wixon and Michael Markee
Four Early Poems: "Vacation," "Fall Journey," 121(9)
"Traveling through the Dark," "Back Home"
On Revision: An Interview with Vincent Wixon 130(11)
and Michael Markee
Whatever the World Gives Me: "The Animal That 141(12)
Drank Up Sound," "At the Playground," "Coming
Back," "The Magic Mountain"
"An Indulgence in Loss": A Dialogue with 153(24)
Richard Hugo
Just Thinking 177