Crossing Unmarked Snow Further Views on the Writer's Vocation

ISBN-10: 0472066641
ISBN-13: 9780472066643
Edition: 1998
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 1/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

"It is this impulse to change the quality of experience that I recognize as central to creation. . . . Out of all that could be done, you choose one thing. What that one thing is, nothing else can tell you--you come at it over unmarked snow." --William Stafford A plain-spoken but eminently effective poet, the late William Stafford (1914-1993) has managed to shape part of the mainstream of American poetry by distancing himself from its trends and politics. Though his work has always inspired controversy, he was widely admired by students and poetry lovers as well as his own peers. His fascination with the process of writing joined with his love of the land and his faith in the teaching power of nature to produce a unique poetic voice in the last third of the twentieth century. Crossing Unmarked Snow continues--in the tradition of Stafford's well-loved collections Writing the Australian Crawl and You Must Revise Your Life-- collecting prose and poetry on the writer's profession. The book includes reviews and reflections on poets from Theodore Roethke to Carolyn Forche, from May Sarton to Philip Levine; conversations on the making of poems; and a selection of Stafford's own poetry. The book also includes a section on the art of teaching, featuring interviews, writing exercises, and essays on the writer's vocation. William Stafford authored more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose during his lifetime, including the highly acclaimed Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation and You Must Revise Your Life.

William Stafford lives and writes in the Black Country. His work ranges from sci-fi and fantasy to crime and historical fictions - all of it with a sense of humour. This is his seventeenth novel.

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The Experience of Now: A Dialogue with Students
Poems on Keeping a Journal
Opening the Moment: A Conversation with Steven Ratiner
Elemental Moves: An Interview with Michael Markee and Vincent Wixon
Encounters with Poetry
An Afternoon in the Stacks
Roethke's Way
Brother Antoninus - the World as a Metaphor
If I Could Be Like Wallace Stevens
Emily
In Memoriam: Richard Hugo, 1923-1982
Book Review: Keats's Poems
A Poet with Something to Tell You: On Philip Levine's Poetry
Suddenly Everything Became Clear to Him: Remembering Raymond Carver
Jeffers
The Current of Humanity: Carolyn Forche's Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness
The Trouble with Reading
The Farm on the Great Plains
Fifteen
Traveling through the Dark
Stereopticon
Ask Me
Reaching into the Well
The Writing of "Bess"
Sometimes, Reading
The Art of Teaching
Eighth-Grade Art
Teaching Notes: Produce, Reflect, Perceive
Sharing Language: A Conversation with David L. Elliott
For Our Esteemed Companions on the Way: A Greeting at a Writer's Conference
No Praise, No Blame: An Interview with George E. Murphy, Jr.
Interviewing Tracker Dog: A Fantasy before the Daily Craft Lecture at Any Writers' Conference
Waking Up in Bremerton: An Invocation
Our Workshop Last Summer
Workshop Gleanings
Grooming a Poem after It Happens
Five Writing Exercises
Soul Food
Being Tough, Being Gentle
What Is a Current Event?
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