After the death of the poet William Stafford in 1993, his friend Robert Bly wrote this tribute against the image of water flowing down the rocks of Montana gullies.
We must endeavor to rise above the patterns set out for us by others, according to Stafford, and not follow in a line like elephants holding each other’s tails; it is imperative, he writes, that ‘awake people be awake’ since ‘the darkness around us is deep’.
‘What can anyone give you greater than now?’ is a question at the heart of William Stafford’s work, and at the core of our lives. You Reading This, Be Ready is a call to ‘turn around’ and wake up to the now, to respect the moment you find yourself in, from one breath to the… Continue reading You Reading This, Be Ready
Written in the morning of the day he died, William Stafford’s last poem rattles with augury gilded by a sense of acceptance.
Kansas-born poet William Stafford’s verses are simple, direct moments of contemplation that take their cue from nature and marvel at mystery. A pacifist and a conscientious objector to the Second World War, Stafford worked in outdoor work camps during the war before later moving to Oregon and falling under the spell of the American West.… Continue reading William Stafford’s Looking Across the River