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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, including Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf Press). He teaches writing and cultural inquiry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.