You must revise your life

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you must revise your life

You Must Revise Your Life by William Stafford

If you want to better understand how William Stafford approaches writing, this book may help with that. Through a combination of essays, poetry and interviews, Stafford presents what I can only describe as a kind of philosophy of writing, including his approach to helping others find their own voice. Every Morning All Over Again sums up his process more beautifully than I ever could, so here you go:

Every Morning All Over Again

Only the world guides me.
Weather pushes, or when it entices
I follow. Some kind of magnetism
turns me when I am walking
in the woods with no intentions.

There are leadings without any
reason, but they attract;
if I find there is nothing to gain
from them, I still follow—their power
is the power of the surrounding world.

But things that promise, or those
that will serve my purposes—they
interfere with the pure wind
from nowhere that sustains a kite,
or a gull, or a free spirit.

So, afloat again every morning,
I find the current: all the best
rivers have secret channels that
you have to find by whispering
like this, and then hear them and follow

— William Stafford

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You Must Revise Your Life

By William Stafford. An Oregon Message: Poems. Instead, he shows how to think, and live, like a poet. And he continues to find content and real meaning in our confusing world, seems to bear no grudge whatsoever against what time has dealt him, or what he has dealt time. Stafford tells how he does it, the simple gestures. He also reprints one of the finest autobiographies yet included in Contemporary Authors: Autobiography Series, every word of which is a slanting approach to use his term towards ths writing of a life, or the life of writing.

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When I taught various sections of Interpretation of Literature in graduate school over the course of some years, my major texts would shift and change. Pride and Prejudice one semester. Frankenstein another.

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Stafford reflects on the writing process and on the influences on his art. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Condition: New. Language: English.

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