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Poems for a Better Nation with Kim Stafford [HR]
October 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Poems for a Better Nation
What is a poet’s work in these mysterious times? How can words most matter for each other, and for the good of our nation and for Earth? As the poet Dennis Lee once said, in words engraved on the outer wall of the Scottish Parliament, we need to “Work as if in the early days of a better nation.” In this spirit, Kim Stafford will share poems that seed the future with truth and challenge, question and witness, and other lyric contributions to a better nation.
With the help of his high school English teachers, Mrs. Pittman and Miss Scholastica Murty, and with the help of his family, and with the help of rivers and forests and students and wise strangers of all kinds, Kim Stafford started writing and can’t stop.
He finds writing poems to be an essential means of “settling his accounts” each day–his accounts with fear and regret and uncertainty. By writing a dozen lines of thought, his readiness for the challenge of modern life will be restored.
He has published a dozen books, and taught in hundreds of classrooms, but it’s really about one page at a time, and one fellow writer at a time, in the mystic encounter of the deep mystery of our existence with the trick of beginning.
“On my tombstone,” he has told his wife, “you might inscribe, He was easily pleased by a few words.”