WILLIAM STAFFORD (1914-1993)

Prolific poet, wrote over 60 books; witnessed for peace as C.O. during World War II; won National Book Award for Traveling through the Dark; revered teacher; Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress; awarded numerous national and international poetry prizes.

What the River Says viewer's guide includes text of seven poems, commentary by Stafford, discussion questions, bibliography, and more.

The Life of the Poem viewer's guide includes text of three poems, reproduction of a handwritten draft, discussion questions, writing exercises, and bibliography.

Life & Poems

This DVD contains three William Stafford videos, the details of which are included in the descriptions below. The content includes:
  • What the River Says + Viewers Guide
  • The Life of the Poem + Viewer's Guide
  • The Methow River Poems

Excerpts:

Poetry Video
by William Stafford



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Poetry Video
by William Stafford



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DVD - $15


The Unknown Good in Our Enemies - William Stafford reads poems of reconciliation.

The Unknown Good in Our Enemies - William Stafford

As a conscientious objector during World War II, William Stafford was confined in Civilian Public Service camps, which strongly influenced his writing and thinking. For the following fifty years, Stafford included poems of pacifism and reconciliation in his readings. The fifteen poems chosen for this CD were recorded from various readings, interviews, and lectures, some with live audiences, others for radio audiences. Some recordings were made in less than ideal conditions and could not be greatly improved in the studio. Poems on tracks 9 through 13 appear only once in the audio archives of William Stafford..

(2003) CD - 20 Minutes $10.00


Last Reading, August 13, 1993

The Last Reading - William Stafford

This CD is a superb recording made in Portland, Oregon, of William Stafford's last public reading before his death. Stafford reads and talks about 24 poems, including such favorites as, "Assurance," "It's All Right," "Once in the 40's," "West of Here," plus 13 previously uncollected poems. Proceeds benefit the work of the Literary Archives of William Stafford.

(1997) CD - 44 Minutes $10.00