Poetry Friday: Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems

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On this last day of January, here’s a selection from a new book, Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems by William Stafford, edited by Kim Stafford. Kim was asked by Graywolf Press to select one hundred essential poems for his father’s one hundredth birthday.

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This image is from The Friends of William Stafford website. What a fabulous way to introduce a new generation of readers to William Stafford.

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Poetry Friday is held at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Thanks, Trisha.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

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4 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems

  1. Jone, I am a fan of Stafford–thanks for telling me about Kim’s book! I especially love:
    “…If great people/ get distracted by fame they forget/ this essential kind of breathing/ and they die inside their gold shell.”
    Indeed.

  2. Sometimes when I read poems like these, I am so in awe, Jone. How can I begin to write like that? I guess one word at a time! This is so lovely, the thought of poetry helping us to live. Thank you!

  3. Swoon.

    I guess there’s room on my shelf for just one more poetry book, isn’t there?!?

    I hear William Stafford speak at NCTE long ago. It is one of my treasured memories. All the chairs were filled and I got a floor seat right up front. No better way to appreciate the master than by literally sitting at his feet!

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