National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – August 28 – William Stafford

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Folks,

For all your regulars out there you know that last week’s poem of the day showcased today’s DPD – William Stafford.

He was a late starter. Stafford wasn’t published until his late 40s yet still managed to win the National Award for Poetry, publish over 3000 works, and – in 1970 – became Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a precursor to the National Poet Laureate).

When he was drafted to fight in WWII in 1941 he filed as a Conscientious Objector. As a pacifist he performed forestry and soil conservation work in California and Arkansas.

He was a man very much in tune with the natural world around him. As this NPR interview highlights, he often likened his life to following a river. Managing the natural ebb and flow of the daily shit storm. Being able to cope with lame days while taking the time to enjoy an ice cream sandwich on the 4th of July.

‘What the river says, that is what I say’ – Billy Stafford

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William Stafford, Educator And Oregon Poet Laureate
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – William Edgar Stafford, Oregon poet laureate emeritus and longtime educator, has died. He was 79.

Mr. Stafford died Saturday afternoon of heart failure at his home, Deputy Jeff McClennan of the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s office said yesterday.

Mr. Stafford, a professor emeritus of English at Lewis & Clark College, served as a poetry consultant to the Library of Congress in 1970. He was named Oregon poet laureate in 1975. Continue

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