The Muses Among Us

The Muses Among Us is an inviting, encouraging book for writers at any stage of their development.

Author: Kim Stafford

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820340367

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The Muses Among Us is an inviting, encouraging book for writers at any stage of their development. In a series of first-person letters, essays, manifestos, and notes to the reader, Kim Stafford shows what might happen at the creative boundary he calls "what we almost know." On the boundary's far side is our story, our poem, our song. On this side are the resonant hunches, griefs, secrets, and confusions from which our writing will emerge. Guiding us from such glimmerings through to a finished piece are a wealth of experiments, assignments, and tricks of the trade that Stafford has perfected over thirty years of classes, workshops, and other gatherings of writers. Informing The Muses Among Us are Stafford's own convictions about writing—principles to which he returns again and again. We must, Stafford says, honor the fragments, utterances, and half-discovered truths voiced around us, for their speakers are the prophets to whom writers are scribes. Such filaments of wisdom, either by themselves or alloyed with others, give rise to our poems, stories, and essays. In addition, as Stafford writes, "all pleasure in writing begins with a sense of abundance—rich knowledge and boundless curiosity." By recommending ways for students to seek beyond the self for material, Stafford demystifies the process of writing and claims for it a Whitmanesque quality of participation and community.

The Masque of the Muses

The education of America has still to contend against its foes , not with the sword ,
but under its more congenial banner of peace , and with the sharper brand of
reason . It has to fight prejudice — that corroding rust which eats up the
substance ...

Author: Thomas Ellwood Garrett

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ISBN: HARVARD:HX5CGY

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Almost Home

Steve West's elegiac book asks where does time abide, but in reverie, story and the written word's power to bury and unbury the dead.

Author: Steve West

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ISBN: 1596611189

Category: Poetry

Page: 44

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Steve West's elegiac book asks where does time abide, but in reverie, story and the written word's power to bury and unbury the dead. West's poems are rich with landscape, characters and imagery, rich with language illusive and layered as fish shadows that slide/ Past the edges of shade into sunshine, / Disappear into the depths. Whether you are familiar with rural Arkansas or not, you'll be almost home when you read these poems. —Bill Brown, author of Late Winter (Iris Press).

Harper s New Monthly Magazine

Drink what toasts you will , ” cried Miss Angelica , starting up from table with a gay
CHAPTER XIV . laugh ; “ I shall go and ... you “ Shall we drink a toast to the
beauty and use , Mr. Reynolds , in this beautiful , wonderliving Muses among us
?

Author: Henry Mills Alden

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ISBN: CORNELL:31924079637579

Category: American literature

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Harper's informs a diverse body of readers of cultural, business, political, literary and scientific affairs.

Harper s New Monthly Magazine

Drink what toasts you will , " cried Miss Angelica , starting up from table with a gay
CHAPTER XIV . laugh ; “ I shall go and ... you “ Shall we drink a toast to the
beauty and use , Mr. Reynolds , in this beautiful , wonderliving Muses among us
?

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ISBN: BSB:BSB11320416

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100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do

In this book, through a brother’s devotions, the lost saint teaches us about depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally the trick of joy.

Author: Kim Stafford

Publisher: Trinity University Press

ISBN: 9781595341372

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest children of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, were pals. Bret was the good son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. In this family of two parent teachers, with its intermittent celebration of “talking recklessly,” there was a code of silence about hard things: “Why tell what hurts?” As childhood pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, unable to reveal his troubles. Against a backdrop of the 1960s — puritan in the summer of love, pacifist in the Vietnam era — Bret became a casualty of his interior war and took his life in 1988. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do casts spells in search of the lost brother: climbing the water tower to stand naked under the moon, cowboys and Indians with real bullets, breaking into church to play a serenade for God, struggling for love, and making bail. In this book, through a brother’s devotions, the lost saint teaches us about depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally the trick of joy.

The Cornhill Magazine

It was Mr . Fuseli who told the little story , with which Lady Di was enchanted . ...
She was unlike her usual placidly cheerful self , so easily , gaily pleased with the
story of life as it reached her ; Hamlet had ... To the living Muses among us ? ” .

Author: George Smith

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ISBN: OXFORD:555068217

Category: English literature

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Early Morning

His first major collection--Traveling through the Dark--won the National Book Award.

Author: Kim Stafford

Publisher: Trinity University Press

ISBN: 9781595341860

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A prolific writer, famous pacifist, respected teacher, and literary mentor to many, William Stafford is one of the great American poets of the 20th century. His first major collection--Traveling through the Dark--won the National Book Award. William Stafford published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose and was Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress--a position now know as the Poet Laureate. Before William Stafford's death in 1993, he gave his son Kim the greatest gift and challenge: to be his literary executor. In Early Morning, Kim creates an intimate portrait of a father and son who shared many passions: archery, photography, carpentry, and finally, writing itself. But Kim also confronts the great paradox at the center of William Stafford's life. The public man, the poet who was always communicating with warmth and feeling--even with strangers--was capable of profound, and often painful silence within the family. By piecing together a collage of his personal and family memories, and sifting through thousands of pages, of his father's daily writing and poems, Kim illuminates a fascinating and richly lived life.

The Literary World

The force York collector has no rival ; and we are fortuA part of bud and leaf , of
wind and wave ; To murmur in the pine tree's fragrant hair , of the author's
imagination and her literary level nate to have his pictures with us for a month .

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The American Garden

More than one seat in the Lake country - among them one home of prominent
beauty - have owed to Wordsworth no small part of their ordered charm . In this
way , too , the poet is with us still ; his presence has a strange reality as we look
on ...

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The North Dakota Quarterly

The story ends with the lawyer's mention of a rumor .. that Bartleby used to work
as a subordinate clerk in the Dead Letter Office in ... Kim Stafford , The Muses
among Us : Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft . Athens
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Having Everything Right

In terms of genre the book comes closest to books like Wallace Stegner's Wolf Willow or the essay collections of Edward Abbey and Wendell Berry, books that blend personal vision and regional evocation.

Author: Kim R. Stafford

Publisher: Pharos

ISBN: 1940436400

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

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A collection of essays first published in 1986, Having Everything Right revolves around the history, folklore, and physical beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In terms of genre the book comes closest to books like Wallace Stegner's Wolf Willow or the essay collections of Edward Abbey and Wendell Berry, books that blend personal vision and regional evocation. Stafford's essays in this tradition range from the direct exploration of "A Walk in Early May" to the abstract meditation of "Out of This World with Chaucer and the Astronauts," to the familial and social reflections of "The Great Depression as Heroic Age." Animating them all is the sense that there is joy in knowing the world-and the belief that true knowing brings, as Stafford says, "a change of heart." Stafford writes poetic and evocative prose as he reflects on such subjects as Indian place names, bears, and local eccentrics.

Harper s Magazine

asked he . echoes of the inaugural eloquence linger still among To such an
inquiry a bland smile was the best the airy arches ... The glory of the idea had
been reaped of the Muses , with us , are celebrated upon the arid by England ,
and the ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105007119295

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Important American periodical dating back to 1850.

The Muses Pageant Myths of the gods

Neither can any of the heaven - dwellers persuade her to return among us , but
she hath shut herself within the temple the folk of Eleusis have builded for her ,
nursing wrath unappeasable . ” Then Hades , grimly smiling , turned to his pale ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B3136720

Category: Mythology, Greek

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The Muses Pageant

Neither can any of the heaven - dwellers persuade her to return among us , but
she hath shut herself within the temple the folk of Eleusis have builded for her ,
nursing wrath unappeasable . ” Then Hades , grimly smiling , turned to his pale ...

Author: Winifred Margaret Lambart Hutchinson

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105011961310

Category: Mythology, Greek

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Crosby Records

... of Mr. Blundell if by any lawful way or meanes he ( being a confyned Papist )
might be removed from among us . ... He appears to have wooed the muses with
little success , but we give the following stanza of this poem , not for the sake of its
 ...

Author: William Blundell

Publisher:

ISBN: IOWA:31858014807634

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The Knickerbocker Or New York Monthly Magazine

Yet this particular , to transgress in which is considered a grievous sin among
English scholars , is almost wholly disregarded among us . There are scarcely
any scholars at our universities , who , as regards quantity , could read a single ...

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The Guilt Gene

Raab takes a close and courageous look at all her life's experiences, and in so doing, shares her wisdom and forgiveness of self and others with a raw honesty that is both refreshing and inspirational.

Author: Diana M. Raab

Publisher: Plain View Press, LLC

ISBN: 1935514393

Category: Poetry

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Raab takes a close and courageous look at all her life's experiences, and in so doing, shares her wisdom and forgiveness of self and others with a raw honesty that is both refreshing and inspirational.

The Smith College Monthly

Why should Americans in Europe so habitually parade , whether with pride or
with mortification , the prominence of the Great God Cash among us ? Why , at
home or abroad , do we indulge ourselves in the bad trick of reducing the United
 ...

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ISBN: NYPL:33433074832357

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