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All Levels. What is a poet’s work in strange times? How can words most matter for nation and Earth? As poet Dennis Lee once said, we need to “Work as if in the early days of a better nation.” In this workshop, we will read and write poems that seed the future with truth and challenge, from outright political poems to more oblique contributions to a better nation—songs of a patriot (or matriot loyal to home ground), manifestos, consolations, & blessings.
Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press). In 2018 he was named Oregon's Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown. He teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College, at Fishtrap, and at the Sitka Center.