A Thousand Friends of Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1976-1998

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A collection of new and selected poems by Kim Stafford.
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Meet the Author

KIM STAFFORD grew up in Oregon, Iowa, Indiana, California, and Alaska. Since 1979 he has taught at Lewis & Clark College where he directs the Northwest Writing Institute, and teaches writing. His books include Having Everything Right: Essays of Place, We Got Here Together (children’s book), Wind on the Waves (short stories), Lochsa Road: A Pilgrim in the West (travel essay), Entering the Grove (essays), and several collections of poems, among them Places & Stories, The Granary, and A Gypsy’s History of the World. Stafford has received two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and lives in Portland with his wife and children.
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Table of Contents

NAKNUWISHA, NEW POEMS
Naknuwisha
Daddy
Trying to Remember a Miwok Word
A Manifesto on Weakness
One Prayer from Eden
Joulia's Boast
Midnight Literature at the Stardust Motel
Louise
Twelve for Perrin
Oregon Reunion of the Rare
August 1997
The Good Son
Killing Time Before the Night Begins
A Thousand Friends of Rain

A GYPSY'S HISTORY OF THE WORLD, 1976
Shaman
Cove
Proposal
Residence in Grizzly
Historic marker
Orcas Island
Bum
Spanish Museum
A Gypsy's History of the World
Marriage
The Basket Deep
Inside the Fence: Tule Lake Internment Camp
Early Riser

BRAIDED APART, 1976
The Small Hours
Blowing Dust off the Map
Climbing the Wildcat Grade
Crow Feather
A Story I Remember Hearing That No-one Told

THE GRANARY, 1982
Rain in the Mountains
Red Cloud
Taking Anna Home
Kindling
La Llorona
The Rocking Chari
Inheritance at Wheatland
Sleeping in the Barn
The Lighthouse
The Bears
Letter to Phil
Cadillac

PLACES & STORIES, 1987
Bobby Kennedy's Rocker
Feather Bag, Stick Bag
Thomas Jefferson Provides a List of Words
Wilma Tells How They Moved Old Joseph's Bones
Shockly
Tubby Tells About His Uncle Mike
Liberty Dollar
Her Mother Tells Her
Losing One
Flower Drawn from Thorn
If We Shed Our Names
Salish Graveyard, Central B.C.
When St. Babylon Rides Her Midnight
Paulina Rodeo
What Ever Happened to Stumptown's Gypsy Slim
Aunt Charlotte Said
This Woman Was Our Kite
Hacksaw Says Their Marriage Vows
Book of Hours
Figurehead on the Good Ship MaryAnne
Restless Calligraphy of the Human Form
In a Photography My Grandmother, Re-Shingling the Roof, Pretends to Be Departed for Heaven
Don't Talk on the Sabbath
Under an Oak in California
Opening the Book
After the Barn Collapsed
All
Walking to the Mailbox
Joanne's Gift
Back Home in the Shopping Center

APPLE BOUGH SOLILOQUY, 1995
Apple Bough Soliloquy

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