Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford

by Kim Stafford

Hardcover, 2002




Graywolf Press (2002), Edition: First Edition, 304 pages


A prolific writer, a famous pacifist, a respected teacher, and a literary mentor to many, William Stafford is one of the great American poets of the twentieth century. His first major collection--Traveling Through the Dark--won the National Book Award. He published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose and was Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress-a position now known as the Poet Laureate. Before his death in 1993, he gave his son Kim the greatest gift and challenge: to be his literary executor. InEarly Morning, Kim creates an intimate portrait of a father and son who shared many passions: archery, photography, carpentry, and finally, writing itself. But Kim also confronts the great paradox at the center of William Stafford's life. The public man, the poet who was always communicating with warmth and feeling-even with strangers-was capable of profound, and often painful, silence within the family. By piecing together a collage of his personal and family memories, and sifting through thousands of pages of his father's daily writing and poems, Kim illuminates a fascinating and richly lived life.… (more)

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LibraryThing member DoraBadollet
This is one of the most beautiful and honest books I have come across for quite some time. Kim Stafford takes on the challenging task of eulogizing his poet laureate father, William Stafford. His work includes journal excerpts and unpublished poetry by William Stafford and the retelling of Kim's
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own memories and encounters with the great poet. The book is both an excruciatingly painful and utterly worthwhile experience--I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates good poetry and the beauty of living quietly and boldly. (Claire)
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