William Edgar Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on January 17, 1914, to Ruby Mayher and Earl Ingersoll Stafford. The eldest of three children, Stafford grew up with an appreciation for nature and books.
During the Depression the family moved from town to town as Earl Stafford searched for jobs. William helped to support the family also, by delivering papers, working in the sugar beet fields, raising vegetables, and as an electrician's mate. In 1933 Stafford graduated from high school in Liberal, Kansas, and attended Garden City and El Dorado junior colleges, graduating from the University of Kansas in 1937. In 1939 Stafford enrolled at the University of Wisconsin to begin ... more »
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- A Ritual To Read To Each Other
- Traveling Through The Dark
- Ask Me
- Just Thinking
- Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing
- When I Met My Muse
- For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid
- Lit Instructor
- Waking at 3 a.m.
- Across Kansas
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''At noon in the desert a panting lizardWilliam Stafford (1914-1941), U.S. poet. At the Bomb Testing Site (l. 1-4). . . The Darkness Around Us Is Deep; Selected Poems. Robert Bly, ed. (1...
waited for history, its elbows tense,
watching the curve of a particular road
as if something might happen.''
''a doe, a recent killing;William Stafford (1914-1941), U.S. poet. Traveling through the Dark (l. 6-8). . . The Darkness Around Us Is Deep; Selected Poems. Robert Bly, ed. ...
she had stiffened already, almost cold.
I dragged her off she was large in the belly.''
''around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.''William Stafford (1914-1941), U.S. poet. Traveling through the Dark (l. 16). . . The Darkness Around Us Is Deep; Selected Poems. Robert Bly, ed. (...
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