Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

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Editors’ Preface

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pp. vii-xii

An aphorism is a metaphor in work clothes, the kind of statement that “delivers groceries,” as William Stafford put it. This volume includes nearly four hundred of the thousands of aphoristic statements that occur at regular intervals throughout William Stafford’s fifty years of daily writing. It was part of William...

Aphorisms and Poems

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pp. 1-2

Climbing along the River

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pp. 3-5

The Sparkle Depends on Flaws in the Diamond

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pp. 6-8

Keepsakes

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pp. 9-11

Note

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pp. 12-14

Sayings of the Blind

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pp. 15-17

Sayings from the Northern Ice

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pp. 18-20

Butterflies in the Radiator Grill

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pp. 21-23

Written on the Stub of the First Paycheck

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pp. 24-26

Song Now

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pp. 27-29

Wild Horse Lore

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pp. 30-32

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pp. 33-35

The Gospel Is Whatever Happens

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pp. 36-38

So Long

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pp. 39-41

Salvaged Parts

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pp. 42-44

Artist, Come Home

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pp. 45-47

Things the Wind Says

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pp. 48-50

Optimism

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pp. 51-53

Buddha’s Thoughts

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pp. 54-56

Put These in Your Pipe

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pp. 57-59

Consolations

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pp. 60-62

The Dream of Now

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pp. 63-65

Influential Writers

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pp. 66-68

Mein Kampf

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pp. 69-71

[A Well-Oiled Gate]

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pp. 72-74

Things I Learned Last Week

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pp. 75-77

Tuned In Late One Night

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pp. 78-82

Acknowledgments

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pp. 83-92

Back Cover

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pp. BC-BC