AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

04 April 2014

Quality.


William Stafford's achievement is extraordinary. He wrote more than 20,000 poems, of which more than 4,000 have been published, in more than 80 books and 2,000 periodicals. But it is the quality of his work that distinguishes him.

The poet Katrina Porteous, who also writes daily, visits to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where for decades Stafford taught, wrote and developed his ideas. There she meets his son, Kim, who takes her to places that were important to him. She visits the huge William Stafford Archive, hears recordings of his readings, meets people who knew him, and students and poets he continues to influence.

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