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Sound of the Ax
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Vincent Wixon, scholar in the William Stafford Archives, is the author of three books of poetry: Blue Moon, The Square Grove, and Seed. He has coproduced documentary films on Lawson Inada and William Stafford. His article written with Paul Merchant, "Will Vincent Wixon, scholar in the William Stafford Archives, is the author of three books of poetry: Blue Moon, The Square Grove, and Seed. He has coproduced documentary films on Lawson Inada and William Stafford. His article written with

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"Sound of the Ax is aces. It reveals many of Bill's greatest strengths--a willingness to live in company with paradox and the unknown, a sense of mission, a sense of fun. It'll go with New Poems of Emily Dickinson and Merwin's Asian Figures, kept within reach at the back of my desk."
--Robert Adams, photographer

"These brilliant lines are tuning forks, weather reports from a resonant interior world, to help us with the mysterious days confounding us. Dip in anywhere, repeatedly. Discover well-sharpened, minimalist axes of language, severing distraction and excess from our overstimulated brains. Whether you are a lifetime Stafford reader or brand-new to his voice makes no difference--his lines will help anyone live." --Naomi Shihab Nye


"This book is a pile of good kindling. William Stafford is sitting here with the whittling knife, playful, very intelligent, so lively and provocative. Sit down with him and feed some of these to your own fire." --Coleman Barks


"The Zuni believed that wearing turquoise made a horse sure-footed. When I'm reading Bill Stafford's Sound of the Ax I feel as if I'm walking along the same craggy mountains but, now, with a pound of turquoise in my saddlebags."
--Toi Derricotte

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