Read a Poet, Write a Poem: William Stafford (Part 1-Discussion)
In the first part of this series, participants will engage in a discussion led by Professor Anita Skeen on selected works by American poet William Stafford. Participants will then use their knowledge to create their own poems in the following session on Monday, January 27. It is recommended but not mandatory to attend both sessions.
From The Way It Is:
"For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid"
"When I Met My Muse"
"Traveling Through the Dark"
"The Epitaph Ending in And"
"An Introduction to Some Poems"
"Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron"
From You Must Revise Your Life:
II. Poems on Writing
III. Where Do Poems Come From?
About William Stafford: Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, William Stafford (1914-1993) won the 1963 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection of poetry, Traveling Through the Dark. He was later named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1970) -- a position now known as Poet Laureate -- and Poet Laureate of Oregon (1975). He won the Western States Book Award for lifetime achievement in poetry in 1992. Stafford taught at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon for over 20 years, and his poetry has been likened to that of Robert Frost: deceptively simple at first but offering a deep and complex vision upon further contemplation.