Sound Of The Ax



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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 AmericaÆs most essential poets of the twentieth century. Many readers are familiar with the trenchant nature of William StaffordÆs poems, with lines such as ôJustice will take us millions of intricate movesö and ôYour job is to find what the world is trying to be,ö 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 StaffordÆs varied interests, the aphorisms in Sound of the Ax explore many topicsùwar and peace, involvement, aging, appearances, fear, egotism, writing, nature, animals, suffering, faith, living an ethical life, and so onùwith his incisive view. The poems are either made up entirely or primarily aphorisms, and range from the well-known ôThings I Learned Last Weekö 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.

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