Thursday, January 18, 2007

Happy Birthday, William Stafford

Oregon's former poet laureate William Stafford is honored all over the state during the month of January with readings of favorite Stafford poems, organized by the Friends of William Stafford. A few years ago I was pleased to participate in the Salem reading with Chris Anderson of OSU. Henry Hughes of WOU was also there. These are great events, so click on "Events" to find a reading near you. That list is mostly Portland area, so here's the link for the reading at the Albany pulbic library on Monday, January 22. At the Corvallis Benton County library, the Stafford event is Saturday. January 27.

Here's a Stafford poem that I like.


Blogger Ann said...

William Stafford was a professor at Lewis and Clark and a friend of my parents. When he read his poetry he had his own style - very rthymic - almost hypnotic. He was a conscientious objector during WWII and was ostracized by many for his views at that time. His poetry comes from deep in a life lived by principle and care for all creation.

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