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Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford

Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford

by Kim Stafford


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With incredible insight and love, Kim Stafford offers a view into the remarkable life of his father, the poet William Stafford

The unspoken deep affection he lived by was like the idea in his poem about the Eskimos—their disdain for "People who talk about God." In his world, a fact so pervasive as love never need be named.

William Stafford wrote a poem nearly every day of his life, most often before dawn, as he lay on a much-used couch that bore the imprint of his body after years of use. He was a prolific, highly acclaimed poet, famous pacifist, and extraordinary friend to nearly everyone he met. But Kim was given perhaps his father's greatest gift—and greatest challenge—to be his literary executor.

Carefully sifting through his father's papers—thousands of poems written on napkins, grocery receipts, letters—Kim follows a copious trail of words matched only by his father's silences. Kim is able to visit his father's life in a deeply personal way and, as a result, beautifully illuminates William Stafford as someone who was unafraid to stare into emptiness and to live a life so fully in the moment that he was able to touch countless lives with a single poem.

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ISBN-13: 9781555973728
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 11.26(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914 and is the author of over fifty books. He received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark.

Kim Stafford is an Artist in Residence and Director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.

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