Review of William Stafford: An Annotated Bibliography
This book is a wonder and a wonderful place to wander if you like William Stafford’s work. It is also a wonder of the bibliographer’s art. Stafford’s production was immense and keeping track of it a daunting task.
Recently, Oak Knoll Press and Lewis & Clark College’s William Stafford: An Annotated Bibliography was reviewed in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Friends of William Stafford newsletter. It is a glowing review that captures the importance of this bibliography for those interested in William Stafford.
For anyone interested in the work of William Stafford, this book is a browser’s dream. The index, seventy pages long, lists so many poems, essays, magazines, anthologies, presses, broadsides, and people’s names, each entry a story in itself, it is truly astonishing. One could get lost, which I can testify to, and find oneself hours later, more informed and having formed an even more profound respect for Stafford’s stature. This is a truly multi-dimensional book.
William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. During his lifetime, Stafford wrote over sixty books of poetry that still resonate with a wide range of readers. In this bibliography, one will find descriptions of Stafford’s work, from his books, to his contributions in magazines, to his translations of other poets’ works. The Friends of William Stafford newsletter review summarizes each section of the bibliography and gives several examples of what one will find within the covers of the book.
The past (his work), the present (the physical book), and the future (the ability to assess his stature) cohere in this hefty and handsome book. It is a major contribution toward the appreciation and understanding of William Stafford’s work and its resonance through time.
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The dimensionality of this book comes from the way it gathers the past, visually realizes the present, and offers the future the opportunity to form itself. This is his legacy in the sense that it catalogues his gift and enables it. It glows because it contains within its covers the past, the present, and the future of William Stafford, poet and thinker.