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Every war has two losers : William Stafford on peace and war

Author: William Stafford; Kim Robert Stafford
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description: Born the year World War I began, acclaimed poet William Stafford (1914-1993) spent World War II in a camp for conscientious objectors. Throughout a century of conflict he remained convinced that war simply doesn't work. By his writings, Stafford showed that it is possible, and crucial, to think independently when fanatics act, and to speak for reconciliation when nations take sides. He  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Oregon authors
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stafford, William, 1914-1993.
Every war has two losers.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2003
(OCoLC)607014692
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Stafford; Kim Robert Stafford
ISBN: 1571312730 9781571312730
OCLC Number: 51460949
Description: 168 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Editor's note --
"These mornings": a poem from 1944 --
What is left for us: an introduction / by Kim Stafford. The mob scene at McNeil: a chapter from Down in My Heart ; Citizen here on Earth: selections from the Daily Writings, 1951-1993. A ritual to read to each other: poems. Learning --
Explaining the big one --
At the bomb testing site --
At the grave of my brother: bomber pilot --
A message from the wanderer --
At the un-national monument along the Canadian border --
Peace walk --
Watching the jet planes dive --
A ritual to read to each other --
Thinking for Berky --
A dedication --
Men --
Entering history --
Objector --
Serving with Gideon --
For the unknown enemy --
Ground zero (December 1982) --
Five A.M. --
Poetry --
Something to declare --
Allegiances --
Our kind --
How it is --
1940 --
In camp --
Ground zero [June 1982] --
The animal that drank up sound --
The star in the hills --
Clash --
November --
"Are you Mr. William Stafford?" --
Family statements --
December --
Children will play --
Macho history --
A memorial --
Pretend you live in a room --
State of the Union --
They suffer for us --
Losers --
For the Oregon House session, 13 April 1987. Some questions about victory: notes, statements, and interviews on pacifism --
Notes to some poems --
William E. Stafford, 1914-1993 --
Other sources for information about William Stafford and pacifism.
Other Titles: Every war has 2 losers
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Kim Stafford.

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Publisher's description: Born the year World War I began, acclaimed poet William Stafford (1914-1993) spent World War II in a camp for conscientious objectors. Throughout a century of conflict he remained convinced that war simply doesn't work. By his writings, Stafford showed that it is possible, and crucial, to think independently when fanatics act, and to speak for reconciliation when nations take sides. He believed it to be a failure of imagination to see only two options: to fight or to run away. This book gathers the evidence of a lifetime's commitment to nonviolence, including an account of Stafford's near hanging at the hands of American patriots. In excerpts from his daily journal from 1951 to 1993, Stafford uses questions, alternative views of history, lyric invitations, and direct assessments of our political habits to suggest a way other than war. Many of these statements are published here for the first time, together with a generous selection of Stafford's pacifist poems and interviews from elusive sources.

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""In Every War Has Two Losers, William Stafford's prose and poetry, wise and eloquent, speak directly to the violence of our time, and to our hope for a different world."

 
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