Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Master of the Line

A Selection of Poems by William Staffiord

One of my favorite poems begins:

An Afternoon in the Stacks

Closing the book, I find I have left my head
inside. It is dark in here, but the chapters open
their beautiful spaces and give a rustling sound.

     “I think language does bring us together. Fragile and misleading as it is, it's the best communication we've got, and poetry is language at its most intense and potentially fulfilling. Poems do bring people together.”
--William Stafford

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