William Stafford

(January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993 / Kansas)

Poems of William Stafford

1. A Ritual To Read To Each Other 1/13/2003
2. Accountability 4/15/2010
3. Across Kansas 1/13/2003
4. After Arguing Against The Contention That Art Must Come From Discontent 4/15/2010
5. Allegiances 1/13/2003
6. American Gothic 4/15/2010
7. An Oregon Message 4/15/2010
8. Ask Me 1/13/2003
9. Assurance 11/21/2014
10. At The Bomb Testing Site 4/15/2010
11. At The Un-National Monument Along The Canadian Border 4/15/2010
12. Atavism 1/13/2003
13. Bess 4/15/2010
14. Bi-Focal 4/15/2010
15. For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid 1/13/2003
16. Graydigger's Home 1/13/2003
17. Hay-Cutters 4/15/2010
18. Humanities Lecture 4/15/2010
19. In The Deep Channel 4/15/2010
20. Just Thinking 1/13/2003

Assurance

You will never be alone, you hear so deep
a sound when autumn comes. Yellow
pulls across the hills and thrums,
or the silence after lightening before it says
its names- and then the clouds' wide-mouthed
apologies. You were aimed from birth:
you will never be alone. Rain
will come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,
long aisles- you never heard so deep a sound,

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