Broadsides: William Stafford

Another one of America’s famous poets, a pacifist, lecturer, and although born in Kansas in 1914, he is known as a regional poet of the northwest because he lived most of his life in Portland, Oregon.   Some slight smudges in the center but not distracting.  II and 3/4″ h X 9 and 3/4″ w   Limited edition. Signed William Stafford in ink.

The poem reads:

The Things I Learned Last Week by William Stafford
Ants, when they meet each other,
Usually pass on the right.
Sometimes you can open a sticky
Door with your elbow.
A man in Boston has dedicated himself
To telling about injustice.
For three thousand dollars he will
Come to your town and tell you about it.
Schopenhauer was a pessimist but
He played the flute
Yeats, Pound, and Eliot saw art as
Growing from other art.  They studied that.
If I ever die, I’d like it to be
In the evening.  That way, I’ll have
All the dark to go with me, and no one
Will see how I begin to hobble along.
In the Pentagon one person’s job is to
Take pins out of towns, hills, and fields,
And then save the pins for later.

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