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The William E. Stafford Archives, Series 1, Sub-Series 5: Writings for Public Readings and Workshops, 1960-1993

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Stafford, William, 1914-1993
Title
The William E. Stafford Archives, Series 1, Sub-Series 5: Writings for Public Readings and Workshops
Dates
1960-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 cubic feet, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
OLPb115STA
Summary
William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. This subseries of the collection includes copies of poems that were used primarily for readings, lectures, and workshops. Many were unpublished and Stafford used them for public presentations to determine whether or not they might be suitable for publication. As a result of this practice, the sub-series also includes gatherings of poems deemed suitable and unsuitable for publication. The Index to the entire Stafford Archives can be found at: http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv83782
Repository
Lewis & Clark College, Special Collections and Archives
Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and Archives
Aubrey R. Watzek Library
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland, OR
97219
Telephone: 503-768-7254
Fax: 503-768-7282
archives@lclark.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions and is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many credentials, Stafford served as consultant in poetry at the Library of Congress, and received the National Book Award for his poetry collection Traveling through the Dark (1963). During his lifetime, Stafford wrote over sixty books of poetry that still resonate with both scholars and general readers. Stafford’s perspectives on peace, the environment, and education serve as some of the most articulate and engaging dialogues by a modern American writer about three of the most important issues of the second half of the twentieth century with lasting impacts on future generations. Howard Zinn, one America’s most iconic modern historians, was keenly aware of Stafford’s insight into modern American culture. Zinn claimed, “William Stafford’s prose and poetry, wise and eloquent, speak directly to the violence of our time, and to our hope for a different world” (from cover of Every War Has Two Losers).

The William Stafford Archives, donated to Lewis & Clark College by the Stafford family in 2008, contain the private papers, publications, photographs, recordings, and teaching materials of the poet William Stafford. The Lewis & Clark College Special Collections actively add to this collection by acquiring unique Stafford related materials.

Stafford wrote every day of his life from 1950 to 1993. These 20,000 pages of daily writings form a complete record of the poet’s mostly early morning meditations, including poem drafts, dream records, aphorisms, and other visits to the unconscious, recorded on separate sheets of yellow or white paper or when traveling, often in spiral-bound reporters’ steno pads. The archive also includes typescripts of poems submitted for publication and for use in readings. Stafford listed where he submitted each poem, and whether it was accepted for publication on the typescript. Each of his published collections, large and small, is represented by its gathering of documentary copies (typescripts), called by Stafford a “put-together.” Unpublished poems, poems published in journals, and reading copies of published poems were also gathered, in a virtually complete record from 1937 to 1993, totaling about 7,000 items. The collection also includes copies of all known Stafford books and translations. Stafford saved correspondence received, with an indication of the date of reply, and sometimes a copy of the reply, from the early 1960s to August 1993. Estimated at 100,000 sheets, the collected correspondence contains some full exchanges of correspondence initiated by WS. One such exchange is the correspondence with Marvin Bell on their sequence Segues. In addition to many photographs of and relating to William Stafford, the archive includes an estimated 20,000 photographs and negatives taken and developed by Stafford of fellow poets, family, friends, and Lewis & Clark College faculty. The archive provides documentation of Stafford's teaching career, including more than one thousand index cards, some dating from research at Iowa, others from later. These were much used in preparing for classes, workshops, and lectures. The files also contain scattered notes for workshops and lectures. The archive also includes course syllabi, and faculty documents relating to Stafford's teaching years at Lewis & Clark College.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Typed and photocopied texts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, broadcast, or quote from materials in the Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections requires written permission of the Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The William Stafford Archives, Lewis & Clark College Aubrey Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections, Portland, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Box 1: Copies of Poems for Readings, 1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box Box 1

201 items
Container(s)DescriptionDates
Folder
C23
Reading copies to 1993
137 items
item
C23.1
"Center of the World"
First line: My vest carries around this warm.
8/16/93
C23.2
"Momma"
First line: For every pleasure and guided celebration.
7/2/93
C23.3
"Being Eighty"
First line: No big deal, anyone could do it.
7/2/93
C23.4
"Magic Mountain"
First line: A book opens. People come out, bend.
12/20/91
C23.5
"Scripture"
First line: In the dark book where words crowded together.
undated
C23.6
"Easter [Any] Morning"
First line: Maybe someone comes to the door and says.
4/19/92
C23.7
"Way I Do It (not same as in Smoke's Way)"
First line: To think, I hold my head and roll.
undated
C23.8
"Viewpoint"
First line: You reading this: Stop. It just gets.
undated
C23.9
"List of phone #s"
First line: Barb, Steve....
undated
C23.10
"Interviewing Tracker Dog: A Fantasy Before the Daily Craft Lecture at Any Writers’ Conference"
First line: Tracker Dog, Tracker Dog, what are your plans.
11/4/91
C23.11
"Opening Scene"
First line: It’s just the Earth, a great still body.
9/18/92
C23.12
"Magic Mountain"
First line: A book opens. People come out, bend.
12/20/91
C23.13
"Roll Call"
First line: Red Wolf came, and Passenger Pigeon.
undated
C23.14
"Framing a Book: Dedication Page"
First line: Paper, please accept this life of mine.
7/11/93
C23.15
"Slow News from Our Place"
First line: It isn’t that the blossoms fall, Ezra.
5/7/93
C23.16
"Worldly Considerations"
First line: One worm said to another worm, “What kind.
undated
C23.17
"Thinking of [Poet Thinks of Searching] Questions to Be Asked During an Interview"
First line: Have you a place where, when the world.
Accepted for publication by: Choice 1972.
8/9/72
C23.18
"From Tombstones Back Home"
First line: God said come in. I came.
undated
C23.19
"Where We Are"
First line: Fog in the morning here.
undated
C23.20
"Time for Serenity, Anyone?"
First line: I like to live in the sound of water.
undated
C23.21
"Voyages, Discoveries"
First line: My dreams disappear in the morning.
4/3/92
C23.22
"Guests at Our House"
First line: They come wide-eyed and listening. Their extra.
5/14/93
C23.23
"Evenings"
First line: Breathe in as people do: try it. Now.
undated
C23.24
"What’s in My Journal"
First line: Odd things, like a button drawer. Mean.
4/1/89
C23.25
"Eating the Map"
First line: Sometimes you see a wild flower chinning itself on the edge.
5/1/93
C23.26
"Some People Know"
First line: A certain hunger at times sharpens abruptly.
5/1/93
C23.27
"Old Guy"
First line: It got so any breeze would stir.
1/22/93
C23.28
"Reading with Little Sister: A Recollection"
First line: The stars have died overhead in their great cold.
undated
C23.30
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: Our town is haunted by many good deeds.
undated
C23.29
"Letting Your Art Find Its Own Way"
First line: I let myself drift....
undated
C23.31
"Absences"
First line: Once when the waves were talking one said.
undated
C23.32
"Scripture for a Workshop"
First line: St Catherine....
undated
C23.33
"Gaea"
First line: Often, while the barn braces itself.
undated
C23.34
"Umpteenth Birthday"
First line: About now what was always coming.
10/6/92
C23.35
"Whole Thing"
First line: If the horizon is a straight line, that’s.
undated
C23.36
"What Gets Away"
First line: Little things hide. Sometimes they.
undated
C23.37
"Easter Morning"
First line: Maybe someone comes to the door and says.
Accepted for publication by: Cream City Review.
4/19/92
C23.38
"Bush from Mongolia"
First line: This bush with light green leaves.
undated
C23.39
"What Happens Next"
First line: Little trees will get bigger.
6/5/93
C23.40
"Life, a Ritual"
First line: My mother had a child, one dark.
Accepted for publication by: Southern Review.
undated
C23.41
"Incident"
First line: They had this cloud they kept like a zeppelin.
undated
C23.42
"Heritage"
First line: One of those broken statues without any.
5/31/93
C23.43
"Rx"
First line: Lead, that sullen metal, can protect.
undated
C23.44
"Learning from the Animals"
First line: If we could get natural enough, even the river.
5/1/93
C23.45
"Mushrooms"
First line: A forest may disappear, and a grassland.
5/21/93
C23.46
"Be Near"
First line: The coldest sound I ever heard.
12/29/92
C23.47
"A.M. (revised text)"
First line: Time drips from the clock and forms.
4/11/93
C23.48
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach (revised text)"
First line: We were going to the highest dune.
6/1/59
C23.49
"My NEA Poem"
First line: A blank place on the page.
Accepted for publication by: Red Dirt.
7/28/90
C23.50
"Tragedy"
First line: It happens. You knew it could.
undated
C23.51
"Poets to Consider for Next Season’s Series"
First line: Creighton L. Herksheimer the Princeton.
undated
C23.52
"Ode to Garlic"
First line: Sudden, it comes for you.
undated
C23.53
"Words, Books, Stories"
First line: Hagar” was one. The world.
undated
C23.54
"Over the Mountains [Near Chemult] 2 copies"
First line: Maybe someone stumbles across that child.
12/1/89
C23.55
"at Ohio University"
First line: What kind of scene....
5/5/93
C23.56
"Writing Workshop -1st session, 2pp."
First line: Most workshops are revision....
undated
C23.57
"Careless Writing"
First line: Mistakes come from somewhere.
undated
C23.58
"Some Notes on Writing"
First line: As you know, my poems are organically grown....
undated
C23.59
"Leaving the Island"
First line: Anyway, a few sparrows will come by, mostly.
4/8/93
C23.60
"Writing"
First line: The Eskimo word for teacher.
undated
C23.61
"Where Did These Pages Come From?"
First line: Many writers, I think, try to write.
2/20/92
C23.62
"Writing - and Teaching Writing"
First line: Writing is easy, like swimming into a fishtrap....
11/6/88
C23.63
"from Galileo"
First line: The difference between philosophizing....
undated
C23.64
"from Nietzsche"
First line: A certain courtesy of the heart.
undated
C23.65
"untitled"
First line: Patrick Todd....
5/3/91
C23.66
"Writing"
First line: You rub two words together.
2/24/92
C23.67
"Trouble with Reading"
First line: When a goat likes a book, the whole book is gone.
undated
C23.68
"Way I Do It (not same as in SW)"
First line: To think, I hold my head and roll it.
undated
C23.69
"Course in Creative Writing"
First line: They want a wilderness with a map.
undated
C23.70
"Things I Learned Last Week"
First line: Ants, when they meet each other.
undated
C23.71
"Leaving a Writers’ Conference"
First line: When we all leave here tomorrow.
8/1/81
C23.72
"Rutual to Read to Each Other (MS verso of 5283)"
First line: If you don’t know the kind of person I am.
undated
C23.73
"Explaining the Big One"
First line: Remember that leader with the funny mustache?.
Accepted for publication by: Chadakoin Review.
undated
C23.74
"For Oboe"
First line: It was her last day. Her little Odyssey was over.
4/7/93
C23.75
"No Praise, No Blame"
First line: What have the clouds been up to today? You can’t.
4/2/93
C23.76
"Dull, Dull, Dull"
First line: Some of us clouds are too fat. Our style.
4/2/93
C23.77
"Getting Along Together"
First line: One rock nudges another rock.
2/20/93
C23.78
"It’s Like This"
First line: We always have to go back when time opens.
4/9/93
C23.79
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
C23.80
"At the Timber Summit"
First line: The trouble is.
3/12/93
C23.81
"Dedication"
First line: We stand by the library. It is any night.
8/22/83
C23.82
"Angel Oak"
First line: Look at me. My family are gone. I am old and alone.
3/19/93
C23.83
"Pretty Good Day"
First line: Pretty soon light begins. Before that there won’t.
3/24/93
C23.84
"Magic Mountain (2 copies)"
First line: A book opens. People come out, bend.
12/20/91
C23.85
"copy of Milton sonnet (see 5297)"
First line: When I consider...
undated
C23.86
"In This Dark World and Wide (cf. Milton, “When I consider...”"
First line: Down any valley where a new presence looms.
undated
C23.87
"Size of a Fist"
First line: This engine started years ago - many.
undated
C23.88
"How It Is Now"
First line: Before it was now, and I think even.
12/19/92
C23.89
"Writing Class"
First line: Experience in writing....
undated
C23.90
"Writers’s Digest questionnaire"
First line: My first book just happened.
8/27/92
C23.90
"Any Morning"
First line: Just lying on my back and being happy.
12/23/92
C23.91
"Only the Shadows Are Real"
First line: There is another river where this real water.
11/6/92
C23.92
"Don’t Worry"
First line: You think I’m gone?.
11/7/92
C23.93
"In the Dark"
First line: When a leaf touches your hand.
11/7/92
C23.94
"Lit Instructor"
First line: Day after day up there beating my wings.
undated
C23.95
"One Home"
First line: Mine was a Midwest home - you can keep your world.
undated
C23.96
"Landfall"
First line: In the still picture one leaf begins to move.
2/2/92
C23.97
"Inward Words"
First line: When breath spoke, earth reached out far.
8/10/91
C23.98
"In the Night Desert"
First line: The Apache word for love stings.
5/1/76
C23.99
"Things That Hurt Me"
First line: Turn into pearls.
2/15/93
C23.100
"What It Takes"
First line: To be a mountain you have to climb alone.
2/14/93
C23.101
"Something That Happens Right Now"
First line: I haven’t told this before....
undated
C23.102
"Teal"
First line: Alone or in pairs, fewer now but mysterious.
12/14/92
C23.103
"Old Friends"
First line: Some faces make a hole in the air.
12/29/92
C23.104
"Trying It Again"
First line: You can have roses. You can train.
1/21/93
C23.105
"Retirement"
First line: After that knifeblade, we breathed.
1/20/93
C23.106
"That April"
First line: What the sky heard, from open throats.
2/14/93
C23.107
"title on unused cover page"
First line: Ecology.
undated
C23.108
"Artist, Come Home"
First line: Remember how bright it is.
Accepted for publication by: Rapport 8 (1975), 105.
undated
C23.109
"One of the Years"
First line: Hat pulled low at work.
undated
C23.110
"Fall Wind"
First line: Pods of summer crowd around the door.
undated
C23.111
"Wild Horse Lore"
First line: Downhill, any gait will serve.
undated
C23.112
"Living Statues"
First line: By the rules you stop in that pose.
8/31/91
C23.113
"Intro to book by Father Jeremy"
First line: Any Day, Any Night.
undated
C23.114
"Author’s House"
First line: Trying to look like the others, Ursula’s.
2/15/92
C23.115
"Year’s End"
First line: A storm brings this - thin days, the air.
12/31/92
C23.116
"Old Glory"
First line: No flag touched ours this year.
undated
C23.117
"Over the Mountains"
First line: Maybe someone stumbles across that child.
12/1/89
C23.118
"untitled"
First line: More and more we live in a society....
9/28/92
C23.119
"Certain Current Customs in the Writing Community"
First line: Find limits that have prevailed....
9/24/92
C23.119
"Certain Current Customs in the Writing Community"
First line: Today reality corrupts.
6/1/92
C23.120
"Light by the Barn"
First line: The light by the barn that shines all night.
undated
C23.121
"Keepsakes"
First line: Star Guides.
undated
C23.122
"Things You Hear"
First line: How a piece of the sky got lost one night.
3/23/92
C23.123
"Dropout"
First line: Grundy and Hoagland and all the rest who ganged.
Accepted for publication by: Negative Capability.
undated
C23.124
"White Room"
First line: My head turns to one side on the pillow.
undated
C23.125
"Writing Class"
First line: Experience in writing....
undated
C23.126
"Magic Mountain"
First line: A book opens. People come out, bend.
12/20/91
C23.127
"Owls"
First line: Owls listen a lot, then turn their heads.
12/12/92
C23.128
"Filling a Need"
First line: If you go along Main Street you see.
3/12/93
C23.129
"Overheard in a Junkyard"
First line: Lots of tires go around together.
3/8/93
C23.130
"Late at Night"
First line: Falling separate into the dark.
undated
C23.131
"Being a Person [Invoking the Owls]"
First line: Stand alongside a river. Invoke the owls.
2/19/93
C23.132
"Cedars"
First line: Again tonight the cedars are listening. They hear.
1/8/93
C23.133
"Gaea"
First line: Often, while the barn braces itself.
undated
C23.134
"Sure You Do"
First line: Remember the person you thought you were? That summer.
C23.135
"Stranger"
First line: On the night you were born.
9/1/92
C23.136
"Return to Iowa (copy of MS)"
First line: There was an island. It dissolved away.
2/22/93
C23.137
"Clash"
First line: The butcher knife was there.
Accepted for publication by: Fair.
6/1/56
C24
Iowa 2/93
6 items
item
C24.1
"The Summer We Didn't Die"
First line: That year, that summer, that vacation.
undated
C24.2
"Ignore Me"
First line: Willows keep ready, in case a wind.
2/20/93
C24.3
"Roll Call"
First line: Red Wolf came, and Passenger Pigeon.
undated
C24.4
"Experiments"
First line: Part of the cost, we knew, was the pain.
undated
C24.5
"Growing Up"
First line: One of my wings beat faster.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
undated
C24.6
"In Camp"
First line: That winter of the war, every day.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
C25
Miscellaneous
11 items
item
C25.1
"Submission list"
First line: Poetry on the buses.
5/1/79
C25.2
"Submission list"
First line: New Letters.
8/27/82
C25.3
"Submission list"
First line: Critical Quarterly.
2/6/83
C25.4
"Submission list"
First line: To Stephen Berg.
8/15/79
C25.5
"Submission list"
First line: To Ernest Stefanik.
7/27/75
C25.6
"Submission list"
First line: Chariton Review.
9/9/76
C25.7
"Submission list"
First line: To Marvin Bell.
7/5/80
C25.8
"Down Home"
First line: A dog in a book we had.
2/28/84
C25.9
"Is This Feeling About the West Real?"
First line: All their lives out here some people know.
undated
C25.10
"Perishable Press"
First line: Letter from Walter Hamady.
1/9/91
C25.11
"Opening the Lake Oswego Library (3 pages) p1"
First line: Invisible skyrockets, we know, are going off.
8/22/83
C25.11
"Library [Opening the Lake Oswego Library 2]"
First line: It’s a room where you go to understand.
8/22/83
C25.11
"Dedication [Opening of the Lake Oswego Library 3]"
First line: We stand by our library. Say it’s an August night.
8/22/83
C26
Reading 1993
21 items
item
C26.1
"Thinking About the Natives"
First line: You find relics they left, sorry.
6/1/80
C26.2
"Things You Hear"
First line: How a piece of the sky got lost one night.
undated
C26.3
"Having It Be Tomorrow [Ways to Live 2]"
First line: Day, holding its lantern before it.
7/20/93
C26.4
"One Summer"
First line: The people began to know before it happened.
11/9/91
C26.5
"Kept Around in the Attic"
First line: This trunk or big suitcase.
2/15/93
C26.6
"Slant Message"
First line: Tell them how tame geese lure wild ones.
12/1/92
C26.7
"I’m any old tree -"
First line: Look at me. My family are gone. I am old and alone.
3/19/93
C26.8
"Writing It Down"
First line: We pitied our uncle and the odd face.
undated
C26.9
"Being Nice and Old [Ways to Live 3]"
First line: After their jobs are done old people.
7/20/93
C26.10
"One Time"
First line: When evening had flowed between houses.
undated
C26.11
"Meeting an Old Friend in the Supermarket"
First line: When you’re old you dance different; and after.
undated
C26.12
"Serving with Gideon"
First line: Now I remember: in our town the druggist.
undated
C26.13
"Mein Kampf"
First line: In those reaches of the night when your thoughts.
2/15/93
C26.14
"The Farm on the Great Plain"
First line: The telephone line goes cold.
undated
C26.15
"Evidence"
First line: First, this face - history did it.
1/19/93
C26.16
"Trying to Tell It"
First line: The old have a secret.
undated
C26.17
"Awareness"
First line: We live near the San Andreas Fault.
undated
C26.18
"Little Girl by the Fence at School"
First line: Grass that was moving found all shades of brown.
Accepted for publication by: Audience.
undated
C26.19
"Scripture [Huxley] for a Workshop"
First line: We need to lose a little of the confidet....
undated
C26.20
"Tough Art"
First line: Certain writers create a zone of language....
undated
C26.21
"Sky"
First line: I like you with nothing. Are you.
undated
C27
The Last Reading, Portland State University
26 items
item
C27.1
"Way It Is"
First line: There’s a thread you follow. It goes among.
8/2/93
C27.2
"Something That Happens Right Now"
First line: I haven’t told this before....
undated
C27.3
"Saying of the Blind"
First line: Feeling is Believing.
2/18/93
C27.4
"Meditation in the Waiting Room"
First line: I have this dream, doctor: I’m living in this town.
undated
C27.5
"Way I Write (2pp.)"
First line: In the mornings I lie partly propped up.
undated
C27.6
"Afterwards"
First line: Mostly you look back and say, well, ok. Things might have.
4/16/93
C27.7
"Listening Around"
First line: Any Breeze to Willow.
undated
C27.8
"What They Say"
First line: Kansas wind.
7/6/93
C27.9
"It’s All Right"
First line: Someone you trusted has treated you bad.
undated
C27.10
"Assurance"
First line: You will never be alone, you hear so deep.
undated
C27.11
"We Interrupt to Bring You"
First line: It will be coming toward Earth.
undated
C27.12
"Once in the 40s"
First line: We were alone one night on a long.
Accepted for publication by: Chariton Review.
undated
C27.13
"In the Book"
First line: A hand appears.
undated
C27.14
"Reaching Out to Turn On a Light"
First line: Every lamp that approves its foot.
4/19/67
C27.15
"Oldtimers"
First line: Sometimes, in form of a dog, you see.
undated
C27.16
"Living Statues"
First line: By the rules you stop in that pose.
8/31/91
C27.17
"Eighty"
First line: To get there, Time arrives, dragging its own.
7/2/93
C27.18
"One of the Many Drems of Childhood"
First line: Floorboards of an old car. Shaking.
undated
C27.19
"India [Ways to Live 1]"
First line: In India in their lives they happen.
7/20/93
C27.20
"Emily, This Place, and You"
First line: She got out of the car here one day.
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C27.21
"Just Thinking"
First line: Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window.
3/25/93
C27.22
"Me?"
First line: I’m an old gate.
2/15/93
C27.23
"Easter Morning"
First line: Maybe someone comes to the door and says.
4/19/92
C27.24
"West of Here"
First line: The road goes down. It stops at the sea.
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C27.25
"Starting with Little Things"
First line: Love the earth like a mole.
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C27.26
"Dream of Now"
First line: When you wake to the dream of Now.
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Box 2: Lecture Notes, 1980sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box Box 2

492 items
Container(s)DescriptionDates
Folder
L1
Lecture notes, etc.
88 items
item
L1.1
"Craft Lecture"
First line: Write it as a poem first.
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L1.2
"Moment Again (tearsheet from SCBT, for reading at U of Buffalo, 11/8/84)"
First line: In breath, where kingdoms hide.
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L1.3
"William Stafford (2 copies)"
First line: If you can get dumb enough....
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L1.4
"Wordsworth"
First line: In pursuit of excellence (2 pp.).
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L1.5
"untitled"
First line: Oft it befalls by the grace of God.
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L1.6
"Feeling What You Are Talking About"
First line: "The mere use of words . . .".
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L1.7
"Art"
First line: "Art is not a pleasure, a solace . . .".
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L1.8
"Writing the Australian Crawl"
First line: Anecdote: Oral Roberts & son.
10/1/78
L1.9
"Writing"
First line: Save the little pieces that escape other people.
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L1.10
"Artists Must Save Us"
First line: Life is a business or a love affair.
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L1.11
"Finding a (the) Voice"
First line: You can’t make a mistake in your native language.
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L1.12
"Poetry--from "Lucerne," by Leo Tolstoy"
First line: "This is an example of the strange fate . . .".
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L1.13
"Japanese Rejection Slip"
First line: We have read your work with inexpressible pleasure..
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L1.14
"Keats--Negative Capability"
First line: "I had not a dispute . . .".
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L1.15
"Chief Joseph--Surrender Speech"
First line: I am tired of fighting..
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L1.16
"History in English Words"
First line: In tracing the semantic history of important words . . ..
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L1.17
"The Subconscious As Evidence of Another Society"
First line: A research study instigated by UNESCO . . ..
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L1.18
"Wittgenstein-base notes on writing"
First line: To accomplish creative writing.
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L1.19
"from What is Art?"
First line: As soon as art became not art . . ..
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L1.20
"Writers’ Workshop"
First line: Parataxic sentences.
6/1/75
L1.21
"What Is It You Seek at a Writers’ Workshop?"
First line: To publish?.
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L1.22
"Assessing Writing"
First line: Is this topic significant?.
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L1.23
"Writing Workshop"
First line: Choose certain aspects of the poem.
6/14/79
L1.24
"At a School for Dear"
First line: They talk their hands. They wave.
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L1.25
"Workshop notes (7 pp.)"
First line: Met at plane.
10/20/74
L1.26
"Keats and Youthful Writing"
First line: In October 1816.
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L1.27
"Writing"
First line: Do you try to tell people....
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L1.28
"Writers’ Conference: Basic Beliefs"
First line: Can anyone write?.
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L1.29
"Writers’ Conference: Argument about formal training &c."
First line: I do not assume that craft....
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L1.30
"Discourse, the organizing of it..."
First line: Logic is the best stream of consciousness.
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L1.31
"Priest of the Imagination"
First line: In grad seminr, a nun....
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L1.32
"Writing"
First line: Crows, they say....
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L1.33
"Composition"
First line: Some discourse on the page.
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L1.34
"Getting Metaphors for Poems: Myths "
First line: D.H.Lawrence: an artist’s responsibility....
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L1.35
"Writing: some requisite backgrounds"
First line: The sense of a security base.
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L1.36
"untitled"
First line: While you are writing or reading.
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L1.37
"Surrealism"
First line: The line between meaningless and meaning....
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L1.38
"The poetry part of composition"
First line: The world we see.
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L1.39
"After reading “Silas Marner”"
First line: Will phrasing illuminate complexities?.
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L1.40
"After reading “Silas Marner”"
First line: Living traditionally.
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L1.41
"Writing (2)--C.G. Jung"
First line: The objectivity which I experience . . ..
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L1.42
"untitled"
First line: There are kinds of society.
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L1.43
"Long approach to a poem"
First line: It’s 4 o’clock.
5/1/63
L1.44
"Minuet (1)"
First line: What happens?.
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L1.45
"Candide - Garden"
First line: Independence is in “We must cultivate our...”.
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L1.46
"Minuet (2)"
First line: What kind of order...?.
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L1.47
"Minuet (3)"
First line: Besides local content....
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L1.48
"Minuet: social realism"
First line: How is the art of a culture related...?.
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L1.49
"Literature for the gifted..."
First line: It’s for everyone.
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L1.50
"Last Day I"
First line: How you keep on.
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L1.51
"Last Day II"
First line: Successions that guide, confirm....
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L1.52
"Classroom Contract"
First line: To say the things we know.
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L1.53
"Notes on Writing"
First line: Two kinds of writers.
12/1/75
L1.54
"Keats, on truth-beauty, and on "ethereal things""
First line: The artist may look "upon the Sun . . .".
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L1.55
"Alfred North Whitehead"
First line: Language halts behind intuition..
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L1.56
"Alfred North Whitehead"
First line: In the house of forms there are many mansions..
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L1.57
"Pascal, Blaise--1623-1662?"
First line: True eloquence makes light of eloquence . . ..
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L1.58
"Literature: general considerations"
First line: When choosing one writer over another.
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L1.59
"Writers’ Conference"
First line: Common faults:.
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L1.60
"Writing: a creed"
First line: Should you seek techniques.
5/16/72
L1.61
"Simplicity required of a poet"
First line: Vico says, as quoted by Herbert Read . . ..
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L1.62
"Augustine--on transcending personal enjoyment of music"
First line: ". . .music has to be converted into moral power.".
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L1.63
"Reducing Pride"
First line: If you are doing a topic.
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L1.64
"untitled"
First line: Beautiful is resolution..
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L1.65
"I Am the Great Sun (from a Normandy crucifix)"
First line: I am the great sun but you do not see me..
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L1.66
"For Conference on the Innovative"
First line: For me the relation between elements....
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L1.67
"Writing--C.G. Jung"
First line: All my writings may be considered tasks.
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L1.68
"Beginnings"
First line: That night your great guns, unawares.
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L1.69
"Regionalism, Localism, and Art (revised text)"
First line: All events and experiences are local, somewhere.
Accepted for publication by: Tennessee Poetry Journal, Fall ‘67, Fall ‘70.
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L1.70
"View of Creative Writing"
First line: A warning about this talk:....
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L1.71
"Lady Chatterley's Lover: a review"
First line: "Although written many years ago, this fictional . . .".
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L1.72
"A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children . . . (Swift)"
First line: It is a melancholy object to those . . ..
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L1.73
"Straining the Ratio"
First line: A writer has no inherent authority:.
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L1.74
"untitled"
First line: Megan's "prose" begun from a . . ..
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L1.75
"Writer's Conference: excerpts from Bouwsma"
First line: "One must want to learn.".
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L1.76
"Letter about Laureateship (with reply from Gov. Vic Atiyeh)"
First line: Dear Governor Atiyeh.
4/23/85
L1.77
"Discovery"
First line: Finding the nest of the lark.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Challenge ‘60.
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L1.78
"On the Freeway"
First line: A late driver listens.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review ‘65.
3/1/64
L1.79
"Philosophy Professor"
First line: To intensify ownership, in dealing with colleagues.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review ‘65.
10/1/60
L1.80
"Mumbled Report on Our Trip"
First line: Wherever I look now is.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review ‘65.
1/1/63
L1.81
"On a Walk One Rainy Morning"
First line: Mushrooms announce their small religions.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review ‘65; Inroads ‘91.
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L1.82
"Those Few"
First line: They’ve gone.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
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L1.83
"Across Kansas"
First line: My family slept those level miles.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
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L1.84
"Shepherd"
First line: According to the silence, winter has.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
8/1/57
L1.85
"Pullman Trip"
First line: The hidden streams of Oregon.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
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L1.86
"Away from Here"
First line: If there were cold for injustice.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
9/1/49
L1.87
"All White"
First line: Without a door closing.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
2/13/45
L1.88
"Sunday Morning Before Daylight"
First line: Air all over valley through all hand.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian 10/14/62.
1/24/57
L2
Lecture notes, etc.
31 items
item
L2.1
"Message from the Wanderer"
First line: Today outside your prison I stand.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
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L2.2
"At the Un-National Monument..."
First line: This is the field where the battle did not happen.
Accepted for publication by: Ladies Home Journal.
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L2.3
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: Our town is haunted by many good deeds.
Accepted for publication by: Granta.
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L2.4
"Near"
First line: Talking along in our not quite prose way.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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L2.5
"In Dear Detail, by Ideal Light"
First line: Night huddled our town.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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L2.6
"Farm on the Great Plain"
First line: A telephone line goes cold.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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L2.7
"Listening"
First line: My father could hear a little animal step.
Accepted for publication by: Talisman.
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L2.8
"Peace Walk"
First line: We wondered what our walk should mean.
Accepted for publication by: Focus Midwest.
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L2.9
"At the Klamath Berry Festival"
First line: The war chief danced the old way.
Accepted for publication by: Mt Shasta Selections.
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L2.10
"Passing Remark"
First line: In scenery I like flat country.
Accepted for publication by: Mt Shasta Selections.
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L2.11
"Lit Instructor"
First line: Day after day up there beating my wings.
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L2.12
"Fifteen"
First line: South of the bridge on Seventeenth.
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L2.13
"At the Chairman’s Housewarming"
First line: Talk like a jellyfish can ruin a party.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review, 1954.
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L2.14
"Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was an August night..
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L2.15
"At the Fair"
First line: Even the flaws were good-.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
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L2.16
"Watching the Jet Planes Dive"
First line: We must go back and find a trail on the ground.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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L2.17
"Back Home"
First line: The girl who used to sing in the choir.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
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L2.18
"In the Night Desert"
First line: The Apache word for love twists.
5/1/76
L2.19
"Survey"
First line: Down in the Frantic Mountains.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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L2.20
"Homecoming"
First line: Under my hat I custom you intricate, Ella.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
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L2.21
"Weather Report"
First line: Light wind at Grand Praire, drifting snow..
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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L2.22
"Thinking for Berky"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
Accepted for publication by: New Orleans Poetry Journal.
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L2.23
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slope of the writing, I looked up.
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L2.24
"B.C."
First line: The seed that met water spoke a little name.
Accepted for publication by: New Orleans Poetry Journal.
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L2.25
"Passing Remark"
First line: In scenery I like flat country.
Accepted for publication by: Mt. Shasta Selections.
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L2.26
"In the Oregon Country"
First line: From old Fort Walla Walla and the Klickitats.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
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L2.27
"Some Shadows"
First line: You do not want too reserved a speaker.
Accepted for publication by: Compass Review.
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L2.28
"Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills behind our home.
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L2.29
"Religion Back Home"
First line: When God’s parachute failed .
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L2.30
"Gesture Toward an Unfound Renaissance"
First line: There was a slow girl in art class.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Australia.
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L2.31
"Thinking for Berky"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
Accepted for publication by: New Orleans Poetry Journal.
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L3
Lecture notes, etc.
92 items
item
L3.1
"untitled"
First line: Commencement Introduction (Willamette, Berkeley).
6/1/79
L3.2
"page of poem submissions"
First line: To Willam Plummer.
8/9/80
L3.3
"Importance of the Trivial"
First line: We are surrounded....
9/1/64
L3.4
"In Touch’s Kingdom"
First line: We use the stupid self (2 tearsheets).
Accepted for publication by: Southwest Review.
5/1/70
L3.5
"Slow"
First line: There is a near torrent silent beyond.
Accepted for publication by: Prairie Schooner.
1/1/64
L3.6
""
First line: Program for R’s Poetica #6 (EOSC).
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L3.7
""
First line: Program for Idea Theatre (Oregon Poetry Assoc.) at PSC (PSU).
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L3.8
"Adjustment (4 tearsheets)"
First line: Oh, suddenly we saw how easy.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
10/1/65
L3.9
"Summer in Montana (4 tearsheets)"
First line: If we built on the slope.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
7/1/65
L3.10
"Plea by Way of the Ladies, from the Poets (4 tearsheets)"
First line: Like sorrow and their scarves, history.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
6/1/65
L3.11
"Defense of My Uncle"
First line: His job is part of the budget.
Accepted for publication by: Satire Newsletter 2, Spring ‘65.
6/1/63
L3.12
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Jim Barnes....
8/18/74
L3.13
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Don Step....
9/5/75
L3.14
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Earthworks....
3/19/75
L3.15
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Robin Skelton....
7/17/74
L3.16
"page of poem submissions"
First line: To Neal Spitzer.
1/12/74
L3.17
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Frank Graziano.
9/2/76
L3.18
"page of poem submissions"
First line: James Long.
5/31/75
L3.19
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Robt. W. Hill.
6/25/78
L3.20
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Brian Cox.
1/13/71
L3.21
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Ohio Review.
3/4/72
L3.22
"page of poem submissions"
First line: The Nation.
9/21/61
L3.23
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Jeopardy.
1/13/71
L3.24
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Michael Cuddihy.
7/17/74
L3.25
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Bocky.
3/11/72
L3.26
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Atlantic.
2/7/70
L3.27
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Colo Q.
3/15/62
L3.28
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Cecil Hemley.
1/3/71
L3.29
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Greg Orfalea.
10/24/71
L3.30
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Salmagundi.
1/2/72
L3.31
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to The Other Side.
1/28/69
L3.32
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Prof Lou Lipsitz.
6/1/71
L3.33
"page of poem submissions"
First line: OCE Literary Annual.
1/29/72
L3.34
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Stories from Home.
7/23/74
L3.35
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Southwest Rev..
4/27/62
L3.36
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Sat Rev..
2/15/71
L3.37
"page of poem submissions"
First line: New Yorker.
2/17/68
L3.38
"page of poem submissions"
First line: New Yorker.
9/18/70
L3.39
"page of poem submissions"
First line: E.V. Griffith.
1/19/74
L3.40
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Anniah Gowda.
8/18/75
L3.41
"page of poem submissions"
First line: James Kugel.
1/17/74
L3.42
"page of poem submissions"
First line: C.E. Loeffler.
5/26/75
L3.43
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Tenn P. J..
11/10/67
L3.44
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to David Ignatow.
6/22/71
L3.45
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Ron Slate.
5/12/78
L3.46
"page of poem submissions"
First line: P.L. Skinner.
3/15/77
L3.47
"page of poem submissions"
First line: to Mark Rudman.
4/30/79
L3.48
"page of poem submissions"
First line: Baxter Hathaway.
12/28/76
L3.49
"That Day Again"
First line: Some nights you hear wires taunting the wind.
Accepted for publication by: Audience.
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L3.50
"Moment "
First line: It happens lonely - no one.
Accepted for publication by: Dragonfly 4, ‘69.
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L3.51
"Late at Night"
First line: Falling separate into the dark.
Accepted for publication by: Southwest Review.
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L3.52
"Still Game"
First line: The still game, after the breathing.
Accepted for publication by: Barataria ‘75.
11/1/74
L3.53
"Uncle George"
First line: Some catastrophes are better than others.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
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L3.54
"Time Capsule"
First line: That year the news.
Accepted for publication by: Denver Quarterly.
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L3.55
"Universe Is One Place"
First line: Crisis they call it? - when.
Accepted for publication by: Colorado Quarterly.
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L3.56
"Note for Later Historians of the Assassination of President Kennedy"
First line: They wrote his life who write.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
3/1/64
L3.57
"Our City Is Guarded by Automatic Rockets"
First line: Breaking every law except the one.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry 91 (1/58), Po, RY, SCBT, WII.
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L3.58
"In the Desert"
First line: What is that stiff figure.
Accepted for publication by: Southern Review.
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L3.59
"Generating"
First line: Language is what we talk.
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L3.60
"Traveling through the Dark"
First line: Traveling through that dark I found a deer.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
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L3.61
"Bess"
First line: Ours are the streets where Bess first met her.
Accepted for publication by: Carleton Miscellany.
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L3.62
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach"
First line: We were going to the highest dune.
6/1/59
L3.63
"Pullman Trip] Traveling Our State"
First line: The hidden streams of Oregon.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
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L3.64
"For the Grave of Daniel Boone"
First line: The farther he went the farther home grew.
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L3.65
"Kit, 6 years old, stands by the dashboard to help Daddy drive"
First line: We’ll have an old car, the kind.
6/22/59
L3.66
"Day to Remember"
First line: I’m standing at Lakeside Drive with the bike.
Accepted for publication by: Inquiry.
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L3.67
"Color That Really Is"
First line: The color that really is comes over a desert.
Accepted for publication by: Crazy Horse.
7/1/78
L3.68
"Writing"
First line: A trouble with textbook summaries....
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L3.69
"untitled"
First line: The touching appeal of nature.
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L3.70
"Stories to Live in the World With"
First line: A long rope of gray smoke was.
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L3.71
"(Poem by Vern Rutsala)"
First line: I sat silent.
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L3.72
"Earth Dweller"
First line: It was all the clods at once become.
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L3.73
"Haines Place: Mile 68"
First line: It’s.
1/1/76
L3.74
"B.C."
First line: The seed that met water spoke a little name.
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L3.74
"Trip"
First line: Our car was fierce enough.
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L3.74
"Woman at Banff"
First line: While she was talking a bear happened along, violating.
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L3.75
"Passing Remark"
First line: In scenery I like flat country.
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L3.75
"Bess"
First line: Ours are the streets where Bess first met her.
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L3.75
"Father and Son"
First line: No sound--a spell--on, on out.
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L3.76
"These Hands"
First line: Once they could hold (though they dropped.
Accepted for publication by: The Nation.
11/1/78
L3.77
"Last Day’s Assignment: See Something"
First line: Full length, a grassblade saws a stone.
7/27/72
L3.78
"Some Remarks after Class [Roethke Chair 8]"
First line: In the news kids are playing with matches again.
7/6/72
L3.79
"Mr. Fear"
First line: At the last he knew everyone.
Accepted for publication by: Hart.
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L3.80
"Knife Dialogue"
First line: Little Knife said to Big Knife.
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L3.81
"In the Oregon Country"
First line: From old Fort Walla Walla and the Klickitats.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
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L3.82
"Insights as discovered..."
First line: Experiences that particularly strike you.
10/26/78
L3.83
"notes from workshop"
First line: David Holbrook.
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L3.84
"Rodeo at Sisters, Oregon"
First line: The nails in this grandstand.
Accepted for publication by: New Republic.
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L3.85
"Distinction of Our Involvement with a Creative Art"
First line: Critics, teachers, all of us, ascribe....
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L3.86
"Gleanings from the Workshop"
First line: The stance of the writer.
3/1/80
L3.87
"Grooming a Poem after It Happens"
First line: Out your writing under a good light.
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L3.88
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes on the copies....
Accepted for publication by: The Writer.
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L3.89
"For a Meeting of Concerned Citizens: 7 August 1982"
First line: Grass is our flag. It whispers, “Asia.
Accepted for publication by: Alchemy.
8/7/82
L3.90
"poem by Mao Tse-Tung"
First line: Over this great northernland.
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L3.91
"Page of poem submissions"
First line: World Order.
9/15/70
L3.92
"Page of poem submissions"
First line: The New Review.
7/28/75
L4
Lecture notes, etc.
7 items
item
L4.1
"Standing by Art (4 pages)"
First line: Art - the idea of it.
2/1/85
L4.3
"Mozart, author Marcia Davenport"
First line: I really can say no more on this subject.
undated
L4.4
"Meeting a class"
First line: Meeting a class.
undated
L4.5
"Hazards in trying to excel"
First line: What is it you’re starving for?.
undated
L4.6
"Swift, A Modest Proposal, start"
First line: It is a melancholy object....
undated
L4.7
"Milton, Regimen for a writer"
First line: ...by devout prayer....
undated
L5
Lecture notes, etc.
64 items
item
L5.1
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes.....
undated
L5.2
"Priest of the Imagination (2 copies)"
First line: Even before we settle down.
undated
L5.3
"Intro (anon.) to Nietzsche"
First line: One of the best-known passages in Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings....
undated
L5.4
"Tomorrow, at Dawn . . ."
First line: Tomorrow, dawn, the hour when fields are white.
undated
L5.5
"A Ritual to Read to Each Other (3 copies)"
First line: If you don't know the kind of person I am.
undated
L5.6
"For a Daughter Gone Away"
First line: When they shook the box, and poured out its chances.
undated
L5.7
"Breathing on a Poem"
First line: Something you are writing . . ..
undated
L5.8
"Cottage Street 1953 (Wilbur), with response by Sanford Pinsker"
First line: Framed in her phoenix fire-screen, Edna Ward.
undated
L5.9
"Grooming a Poem After it Happens"
First line: Put your writing under a good light. .
undated
L5.10
"Pages from SCBT, printed in Japan"
First line: Bess.
undated
L5.11
"Pages from SCBT and an anthology"
First line: My Father: October 1942.
undated
L5.12
"Printed pages of poems"
First line: .
undated
L5.13
"Graduate"
First line: An old anguish, real as a nail.
Accepted for publication by: Quixote.
4/1/67
L5.14
"poem by Han Yu"
First line: Ealier today I did.
undated
L5.15
"Family (poem by Josephine Miles)"
First line: When you swim in the surf.
undated
L5.16
"Issues and Advice: p.3 of talk"
First line: Never intrude on another’s.
undated
L5.17
"Witness for Writing"
First line: Every sustained literary activity.
undated
L5.18
"Room 000"
First line: After the last class.
Accepted for publication by: New Republic.
undated
L5.19
"Schematic progression of changes in a sestina"
First line: In each successive stanza . . ..
undated
L5.20
"People of the South Wind"
First line: One day Sun found a new canyon.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
undated
L5.21
"Publius Vergilius Maro"
First line: Toward the last, paled by the page he wrote (eagles, .
undated
L5.22
"Stories to Live By"
First line: Earth is not steady enough to rely on.
Accepted for publication by: Vanderbilt Review.
6/1/76
L5.23
"For People with Problems About How to Believe"
First line: Say it’s early morning, coming awake--.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
L5.24
"From Our Balloon Over the Provinces"
First line: From our balloon floating early.
undated
L5.25
"For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid"
First line: There is a country to cross you will.
Accepted for publication by: Rapport.
undated
L5.26
"Today"
First line: The cat by the road was one I used.
9/5/80
L5.27
"What Lasts"
First line: Animal I am, but other, other.
Accepted for publication by: Ohio Review .
6/4/75
L5.28
"Postcards from Abroad"
First line: That’s always me, vague in the foreground.
Accepted for publication by: Paintbrush.
10/1/81
L5.29
"Whatever Comes"
First line: In the fall, rain of the happy tears returns.
Accepted for publication by: High Country News.
undated
L5.30
"Wanted "
First line: Wanted / By Sheriff....
undated
L5.31
"Some Writing Ideas"
First line: In your writing do you try to tell people....
undated
L5.32
"In the Night Desert"
First line: The Apache word for love.
5/1/76
L5.33
"Lecture on Writing"
First line: A student says, Teach me to be a carpenter.
5/1/78
L5.34
"Response to Carol Campbell questionnaire"
First line: Readings touch people better.
5/1/82
L5.35
"Snow (by Mao Tse-Tung)"
First line: Over this great northernland.
undated
L5.36
"from Holy Sonnets (John Donne)"
First line: At the round earth's imagined corners, blow.
undated
L5.37
"The Second Coming (W.B. Yeats)"
First line: Turning and turning in the widening gyre.
undated
L5.38
"Report from a Far Place"
First line: Making these words things to.
undated
L5.39
"Confession of a Reader"
First line: There are countries I locate by the taste of coffee.
1/1/67
L5.40
"Learning a Word While Climbing"
First line: Once I fell, already falling, and from that fall.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
11/1/78
L5.41
"What God Used for Eyes Before We Came"
First line: At night sometimes the big fog roams in tall.
undated
L5.42
"This Book"
First line: Late, at the beginning of cold.
undated
L5.43
"Research Team in the Mountains"
First line: We have found a certain heavy kind of wolf.
Accepted for publication by: Talisman.
undated
L5.44
"Happy in Sunlight"
First line: Maybe it’s out by Glass Butte some.
Accepted for publication by: Iowa Review.
9/12/75
L5.45
"From Hole-in-the- Ground"
First line: This year began.
Accepted for publication by: Tar River Poets.
5/1/70
L5.46
"Survey"
First line: Down in the Frantic Mountains.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L5.47
"Interlude"
First line: Think of a river beyond your thought.
Accepted for publication by: Yale Review.
undated
L5.48
"Shells"
First line: When they turn the dial to “know”.
Accepted for publication by: The Bridge.
undated
L5.49
"Forever After"
First line: You are being watched. This is a recording”.
12/1/71
L5.50
"Waiting at the Beach"
First line: The sun tugs across the sky.
undated
L5.51
"Beginning"
First line: Once upon a time nothing happened.
3/1/75
L5.52
"From the Gradual Grass"
First line: Imagine a voice calling.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
undated
L5.53
"Another Language"
First line: Recently another language .
undated
L5.54
"Madge"
First line: Or you could do it, the speech I mean.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
undated
L5.55
"Brother"
First line: Somebody came to the door that night.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
undated
L5.56
"Maybe"
First line: Maybe (it's a fear), maybe.
undated
L5.57
"Ask Me "
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
L5.58
"A Bird Inside a Box"
First line: A bird inside a box, a box will sing.
undated
L5.59
"Losers"
First line: You learn from losers. You yield back tough talk.
Accepted for publication by: Field.
undated
L5.60
"Honeysuckle"
First line: Not yet old enough, still only a kid.
undated
L5.61
"Being Young"
First line: In my dream I was dead.
undated
L5.62
"Days"
First line: They’ll come back, days will, gray sky.
7/1/81
L5.63
"In Traffic"
First line: They don’t care who you are till you begin.
6/1/81
L5.64
"From Exile: The Place He Chose"
First line: Scared and brave, the dogs run lean.
Accepted for publication by: Tennessee Poetry Journal.
undated
L6
Lecture notes, etc.
16 items
item
L6.1
"When You Close Your Eyes"
First line: Outside will be dark, even the stars.
Accepted for publication by: Nimrod.
11/1/76
L6.2
"Sayings"
First line: You wonder, sometimes.
Accepted for publication by: Rochester Poets.
undated
L6.3
"Accountability"
First line: Cold nights outside the taverns in Wyoming.
undated
L6.4
"Sonnet 747"
First line: You can load on almost anything.
Accepted for publication by: Nimrod.
2/1/77
L6.5
"One Life"
First line: Pascal glanced at infinity.
undated
L6.6
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slant of writing, I looked up.
undated
L6.7
"Scars"
First line: They tell how it was,and how time.
undated
L6.8
"Heroes"
First line: Here is the rabbit that ran through a field on fire.
undated
L6.9
"In the White[Wide] Sky"
First line: Many things in the world have.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
L6.10
"Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was - say - a June night.
undated
L6.11
"Glimpse by the Path"
First line: Mitten, follow that hand.” All.
Accepted for publication by: PTA Magazine.
undated
L6.12
"This Book"
First line: Late, at the beginning of cold.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
undated
L6.13
"Owls at the Shakespeare Festival"
First line: How do owls find each other.
undated
L6.14
"Reaching to Turn on a Light"
First line: Every lamp that approves its foot.
4/19/67
L6.15
"Dream of Now"
First line: When you wake to the dream of now.
Accepted for publication by: Milkweed Chronicle.
undated
L6.16
"At the Playground"
First line: Away down deep and away up high.
undated
L7
Lecture notes, etc.
194 items
item
L7.1
"Glass Face in the Rain"
First line: Sometime you’ll walk all night.
undated
L7.2
"Staring at Souvenirs of the West (Wyoming Circuit 3)"
First line: What if a buffalo eye, big.
undated
L7.3
"Library"
First line: It’s a room where you go to understand, where you change.
2/23/82
L7.4
"Some Evening"
First line: In the form of mist, from under a stone.
undated
L7.5
"Sabbath"
First line: A light - it’s only the sun - has broken.
undated
L7.6
"Not Having Wings"
First line: If I had a wing it might hurt.
undated
L7.7
"Things That Happen"
First line: Sometimes before great events a person will try.
undated
L7.8
"Vacation Trip"
First line: The loudest sound in our car.
undated
L7.9
"Learning to Like the New School"
First line: They brought me where it was bright and said.
undated
L7.10
"Passing Remark"
First line: In scenery I like flat country.
undated
L7.11
"Some Evening"
First line: In the form of mist, from under a stone.
undated
L7.12
"Heard Under a Tin Sign at the Beach"
First line: I am the wind. Long ago.
6/1/74
L7.13
"Behind the Falls"
First line: First the falls, then the cave.
undated
L7.14
"Walk in the Country"
First line: To walk anywhere in the world, to live.
undated
L7.15
"Watching the Jet Planes Dive"
First line: We must go back and find a trail on the ground.
undated
L7.16
"Swerve"
First line: Halfway across a bridge one night.
Accepted for publication by: New Republic.
undated
L7.17
"Some Disquieting Thoughts for a Poetry Reading"
First line: Tempted to become complacent….
undated
L7.18
"This Is Just to Say (William Carlos Williams)"
First line: I have eaten.
undated
L7.19
"Talk and Writing at Brekkukot"
First line: In certain ancient musical scales . . ..
undated
L7.20
"People of the South Wind (2 pages)"
First line: One day Sun found a new canyon.
undated
L7.21
"Monuments for a Friendly Girl at a Tenth Grade Party"
First line: The only relics left are those long.
undated
L7.22
"An Epiphany"
First line: You thinkers, prisoners of what will work.
undated
L7.23
"A Memorial Day"
First line: Said a blind fish loved that lake.
undated
L7.24
"Saying a Big Word"
First line: If I said “religion” pr “music” you might believe.
Accepted for publication by: Jeopardy.
undated
L7.25
"Sophocles Says"
First line: History is a story God is telling.
undated
L7.26
"Tourist Guide (James Heynen)"
First line: You drive down Main Street.
undated
L7.27
"Surviving a Poetry Circuit"
First line: My name is Old Mortality - mine is the hand.
undated
L7.28
"Incident"
First line: One summer evening in the world, the air.
undated
L7.29
"Stillborn (MS)"
First line: Where a river touches an island.
Accepted for publication by: New Letters.
undated
L7.21
"Grandmother"
First line: It could have been Lubbock.
Accepted for publication by: South Dakota Review.
12/1/79
L7.22
"One Home"
First line: Mine was a Midwest home - you can keep your world.
undated
L7.23
"Fort Robinson (Ted Kooser)"
First line: When I visited Fort Robinson.
undated
L7.24
"Our Light"
First line: One year we put light in a jar.
Accepted for publication by: Lotus, Ohio University.
1/1/71
L7.25
"Meeting Big People"
First line: We would sit down, after a visitor had gone.
11/1/79
L7.26
"In Dear Detail, By Ideal Light"
First line: Night huddled our town.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.27
"During the Evening News"
First line: Things that happen at the same time.
2/1/63
L7.28
"Even Today"
First line: Over an empty bridge with hardly a sound.
8/1/71
L7.29
"American U"
First line: Start with a doorbuster, how to get in from.
undated
L7.30
"Hearing a Helicopter in Washington"
First line: These people are nice.
undated
L7.31
"Lines to Start [Stop] Talking By"
First line: In your city today outside my room.
1/29/73
L7.32
"Something I Do Not Say"
First line: Once every autumn the true storm shuts down.
3/1/71
L7.33
"Tourist Guide (James Heynen)"
First line: You drive down Main Street.
undated
L7.34
"The Moment"
First line: It happens lonely--no one.
undated
L7.35
"At Lascaux [Leceaux]"
First line: It came into my mind that no one had painted.
undated
L7.36
"Islands"
First line: There could be an island.
undated
L7.37
"Game and a Brother"
First line: Afraid, but not really afraid, we heard.
undated
L7.38
"Mutability"
First line: Silent imperceptible prayers blow over.
1/1/81
L7.39
"Last Time"
First line: They headed toward the Platte, a lawn like Texas.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
L7.40
"Stared Story"
First line: Over the hill came horsemen, horsemen whistling.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
undated
L7.41
"Holding the Sky"
First line: We saw a town by the track in Colorado.
Accepted for publication by: Schooner.
undated
L7.42
"Peters Family"
First line: At the end of their ragged field.
Accepted for publication by: Colorado Quarterly.
undated
L7.43
"By Cheryl’s Old Place (Wyoming Circuit 4)"
First line: Fleet as a bronco the road goes.
undated
L7.44
"Seeing a Red Rock (Wyoming Circuit 7)"
First line: Over near Tensleep the highway comes down.
undated
L7.45
"Wounded Knee: One Man"
First line: Dull Knife,” that sound, his name, surrounded.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
undated
L7.46
"To a Teacher of Calligraphy [Lloyd Reynolds]"
First line: You held nothing, or maybe a match.
5/1/65
L7.47
"Surviving a Poetry Circuit"
First line: My name is Old Mortality - mine is the hand.
undated
L7.48
"One of Your Lives"
First line: One of your lives, hurt by the mere sight of.
undated
L7.49
"Broken Home"
First line: here is a cup left empty in their.
undated
L7.50
"Islands"
First line: There could be an island.
undated
L7.51
"Whispered into the Ground"
First line: Where the wind ended and we came down.
undated
L7.52
"Willa Cather"
First line: Far as the night goes, brittle as the stars.
undated
L7.53
"Strokes"
First line: The left side of her world is gone.
undated
L7.54
"Monuments for a Friendly Girl at a Tenth Grade Party"
First line: The only relics left are those long.
undated
L7.55
"Bess"
First line: Ours are the streets where Bess first met her.
undated
L7.56
"Concealment: Ishi, the Wild Indian (MS)"
First line: A rock, a leaf, mud, even the grass.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.57
"Being Where You Are"
First line: In this room right here, exactly these things be.
5/6/81
L7.58
"First Hearing Our Song"
First line: My father said, Listen, and that subtle song.
2/15/81
L7.59
"All of Us [Paying Your Dues]"
First line: This is the story of time, our time.
undated
L7.60
"Two Poems with One Ending"
First line: Like the nothing Mozart used.
5/1/76
L7.61
"This Town: Winter Morning"
First line: This town has a spire.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.62
"Course in Creative Writing"
First line: They want a wilderness with a map.
Accepted for publication by: Ellipsis.
undated
L7.63
"1940s"
First line: In a mirror that saved those days.
12/1/69
L7.64
"Bi-Focal"
First line: Sometimes up out of this land.
undated
L7.65
"Way Trees Began"
First line: Before the trees came, when only grass.
undated
L7.66
"Torque"
First line: One day all the people come out on the street.
undated
L7.67
"Farm on the Great Plain"
First line: A telephone line goes cold.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.68
"Rover"
First line: She came out of the field--low.
undated
L7.69
"Old Dog"
First line: Toward the last in the morning she could not.
undated
L7.70
"Fifteen"
First line: South of the bridge on Seventeenth.
Accepted for publication by: Atlantic.
undated
L7.71
"Learning"
First line: A piccolo played, then a drum.
undated
L7.72
"School Days"
First line: After the test they sent an expert.
undated
L7.73
"Uncle Bill Visits"
First line: Remember me, kids? Here.
undated
L7.74
"Serving with Gideon"
First line: Now I remember: in our town the druggist.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
undated
L7.75
"Maybe"
First line: Maybe (it’s a fear), maybe.
undated
L7.76
"Vacation"
First line: One scene as I bow to pour her coffee.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
L7.77
"Little Rooms"
First line: I rock high in the oak - secure, big branches .
undated
L7.78
"Things I Learned Last Week"
First line: Ants, when they pass each other.
Accepted for publication by: Rochester Poets.
3/1/80
L7.79
"Once in the 40s"
First line: We were alone one night on a long.
Accepted for publication by: Chariton Review.
undated
L7.80
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slant of writing, I looked up.
undated
L7.81
"A Sound from the Earth"
First line: Somewhere, I think in Dakota.
undated
L7.82
"The Farm on the Great Plains"
First line: A telephone line goes cold.
undated
L7.83
"B.C."
First line: The seed that met water spoke a little name.
undated
L7.84
"Message from the Wanderer"
First line: Today outside your prison I stand.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
undated
L7.85
"A Story That Could Be True"
First line: If you were exchanged in the cradle and.
undated
L7.86
"Another Old Guitar"
First line: For years I was tuned a few notes too high.
Accepted for publication by: Alaska Review.
undated
L7.87
"At the Bomb Testing Site"
First line: At noon in the desert a panting lizard.
undated
L7.88
"Help from History"
First line: Please help me know it happened.
undated
L7.89
"Speaking Trance"
First line: When Saint Sebastian came down this street.
undated
L7.90
"Long Distance"
First line: Sometimes when you watch the fire.
undated
L7.91
"Rover (MS)"
First line: She came out of the field - low.
undated
L7.92
"What I’ll See that Afternoon"
First line: The young man who has to look.
Accepted for publication by: Rochester Poets.
undated
L7.93
"You, Walter Cronkite"
First line: That one great window puts forth.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
undated
L7.94
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: This town is haunted by some good deed.
undated
L7.95
"Report from an Unappointed Committee"
First line: The uncounted are counting.
undated
L7.96
"Watching the Jet Planes Dive"
First line: We must go back and find a trail on the ground.
undated
L7.97
"Witness"
First line: This is the hand I dipped in the Missouri.
undated
L7.98
"This Book"
First line: Late, at the beginning of cold.
undated
L7.99
"A Stared Story"
First line: Over the hill came horsemen, horsemen whistling.
undated
L7.100
"Thinking for Berky"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
undated
L7.101
"Reaching Out to Turn on a Light"
First line: Every lamp that approves it foot.
undated
L7.102
"Card to Mrs. Stafford from Marcy Wagner"
First line: .
undated
L7.103
"Pages from SCBT, printed in Japan"
First line: Bess.
undated
L7.104
"untitled"
First line: Power to connect thought with its proper . . ..
undated
L7.105
"Doing Creative Work"
First line: "The prison camp convinced . . .".
undated
L7.106
"So Long"
First line: At least at night, a streetlight.
undated
L7.107
"Animal that Drank Up Sound"
First line: One day across the lake where echoes come now.
Accepted for publication by: Part 1: Atlantic; Part 2: Northwest Review.
undated
L7.108
"Always"
First line: Inside the trees, where tomorrow.
Accepted for publication by: Rochester Poets.
undated
L7.109
"At the Grave of My Brother"
First line: The mirror cared less and less at the last, but.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
L7.110
"Balloons at a Window"
First line: Balloons in a cluster mumble their monstrous regard.
Accepted for publication by: Hapa.
1/11/83
L7.111
"Behind the Falls"
First line: First the falls, then the cave.
undated
L7.112
"Just Some Names "
First line: If it’s just “the weather” or “the season” they.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Miscellany.
12/9/80
L7.113
"Poet Thinks of Searching Questions... (Roethke Chair 5)"
First line: Have you a place where, when the world.
8/9/72
L7.114
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: This town is haunted by some good deed.
undated
L7.115
"Way of Writing: the guidance of the immediate"
First line: A Ritual: Kids’ talk.
undated
L7.116
"At the Bomb Testing Site"
First line: At noon in the desert a panting lizard.
undated
L7.117
"At the Klamath Berry Festival"
First line: The war chief danced the old way.
Accepted for publication by: Mt. Shasta Selections.
undated
L7.118
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
L7.119
"A Bird Inside a Box"
First line: A bird inside a box, a box will.
undated
L7.120
"The Moment Again"
First line: In breath, where kingdoms hide.
undated
L7.121
"A Catechism"
First line: Who challenged my soldier mother?.
undated
L7.122
"One Home"
First line: Mine was a Midwest home - you can keep your world.
undated
L7.123
"Next Time"
First line: Next time what I’d do is look at.
Accepted for publication by: New England Review.
undated
L7.124
"1080"
First line: Ten-Eighty they say it, when they call.
Accepted for publication by: Clearwater.
undated
L7.125
"Stone, Paper, Scissors"
First line: Stone.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.126
"Sniffing the Region"
First line: Being tagged a regional artist….
undated
L7.127
"Among the Weavers: Woven Sentences"
First line: The first loom I got for $25 in Laguna.
Accepted for publication by: Cafe Solo.
8/1/82
L7.128
"Scripture"
First line: In the dark book where words crowded together.
undated
L7.129
"Thinking for Berky"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
undated
L7.130
"A Poet's Epitaph"
First line: Art thou a Statist in the van.
undated
L7.131
"Things in the Wild Need Salt (end)"
First line: Once in a cave a little bar of light.
undated
L7.132
"Little Girl by the Fence at School (MS)"
First line: Grass that was moving found all shades of brown.
undated
L7.133
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice aske me.
undated
L7.134
"Watching a Candle"
First line: A candle went down its own long stair.
5/1/77
L7.135
"Yellow Cars"
First line: Some of the cars are yellow, that go.
undated
L7.136
"Practice"
First line: When you stop off at rehearsal you can stumble.
undated
L7.137
"After a Good Class"
First line: You may carry this day folded all your life.
3/5/87
L7.138
"Monuments for a Friendly Girl at a Tenth Grade Party"
First line: The only relics left are those long.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.139
"On a Statue Not in the Park Blocks"
First line: Just because it isn’t here, people.
Accepted for publication by: Wilmington Review.
undated
L7.140
"Notes Toward a Different Assessment of Writing"
First line: The images that come to me….
undated
L7.141
"Some Notes on Writing"
First line: In my writing the . . ..
undated
L7.142
"untitled"
First line: The art of managing artists.
undated
L7.143
"At Memorial Park"
First line: A butterfly at evening, pretending to be chance.
Accepted for publication by: Crosscurrents.
8/13/83
L7.144
"Those Others Who Live in the Tide"
First line: The wind is why we are lonely.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
5/1/85
L7.145
"Four a.m."
First line: Night wears out. Stars that were high go down.
undated
L7.146
"Things That Come"
First line: After it came down from the mountains.
undated
L7.147
"Murder Bridge"
First line: You look over the edge, down, down.
undated
L7.148
"Workshop"
First line: What is the motor of this poem?.
undated
L7.149
"After Reading Robinson Jeffers [Robinson Jeffers]"
First line: I can’t touch anyone.
7/11/87
L7.150
"Trouble with Reading"
First line: When a goat likes a book, the book is gone.
undated
L7.151
"In This Kind of World (for Bishop Tom Gumbleton’s Visit to Portland]"
First line: In these latter days of the twentieth century.
2/1/86
L7.152
"How to Regain Your Soul"
First line: Come down Canyon Creek trail on a summer afternoon.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
L7.153
"Trying to Explain"
First line: Manacled on in the cold morning.
4/5/84
L7.154
"Witness"
First line: This is the hand I dipped in the Missouri.
undated
L7.155
"Faux Pas"
First line: Waiting seems to be best. Your remark might.
Accepted for publication by: Calapooya Collage.
undated
L7.156
"Merci Beaucoup"
First line: It would help if no one evr mentioned.
undated
L7.157
"Drowsing in the Library"
First line: When books lean against each other and fall.
Accepted for publication by: Portland.
4/7/86
L7.158
"Long Way Short of Damascus"
First line: Along Main Street, avoiding what trouble.
undated
L7.159
"At a Shrine in Kamakura"
First line: A boy made of cement and carrying a book.
Accepted for publication by: Southern California Anthology.
9/1/84
L7.160
"Commitment"
First line: When you go away and the sun crosses.
Accepted for publication by: Quarterly West .
6/21/86
L7.161
"They Suffer for Us"
First line: In war so many come.
4/21/86
L7.162
"Bedtime Story"
First line: When animals lived in caves, our mothers.
Accepted for publication by: Alaska Fish and Game.
undated
L7.163
"Remembering Richard Hugo"
First line: There are places on the earth, names.
Accepted for publication by: Arnazella.
undated
L7.164
"Poetry--Wittgenstein"
First line: Gwen Hardwoord is responding to . . ..
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L7.165
"Classroom Building (MS)"
First line: One wall said, It’s beyond me the wind.
7/17/87
L7.166
"After a Sleazy Show (MS)"
First line: No dragon lurked there in the theater.
7/12/87
L7.167
"Gift (MS)"
First line: Time wants to show you a different country. It’s the one.
7/13/87
L7.168
"Gift "
First line: Time wants to show you a different country. It’s the one.
7/13/87
L7.169
"Saint Matthew and All"
First line: Lorene - we thought she’d come home. But.
undated
L7.170
"On a Statue Not in the Park Blocks"
First line: Just because it isn’t here, people.
Accepted for publication by: Wilmington Review.
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L7.171
"Wearing Ear Protectors"
First line: It’s all different now. After the loud world.
Accepted for publication by: Georgia Review.
undated
L7.172
"The Animal That Drank Up Sound"
First line: One day across the lake where echoes come now.
undated
L7.173
"Waiting for Vesuvius"
First line: Cold people, proud people.
undated
L7.174
"Scripture"
First line: In the dark book where words crowded together.
Accepted for publication by: Michigan Quarterly Review.
undated
L7.175
"First Grade (MS)"
First line: In the play Amy didn’t want to .
undated
L7.176
"Sometimes"
First line: It could be you move through a crowd and your arm.
undated
L7.177
"First Grade "
First line: In the play Amy didn’t want to be.
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L7.178
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
L7.179
"Saint Matthew and All"
First line: Lorene - we thought she’d come home. But.
Accepted for publication by: Carolina Quarterly.
undated
L7.180
"Catechism"
First line: Who challenged my soldier mother?.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
7/1/78
L7.181
"Yellow Cars"
First line: Some of the cars are yellow, that go.
undated
L7.182
"Big House"
First line: She was a modern, you know.
Accepted for publication by: Spectrum.
undated
L7.183
"Growing Up"
First line: One of my wings beat faster.
undated
L7.184
"At the Un-National Monument Along the Candian Border"
First line: This is the field where the battle did not happen.
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L7.185
"How These Words Happened"
First line: In winter, in the dark hours, when others.
undated
L7.186
"Ask Me"
First line: Sometime when the river is ice ask me.
undated
L7.187
"Smoke Signals"
First line: There are people on a parallel way. We do not.
undated
L7.188
"Memorial for My Mother"
First line: For long my life left hers. It went.
Accepted for publication by: Little Balkans Review.
undated
L7.189
"Vocatus atque Non Vocatus"
First line: Before our life, was there a world?.
undated
L7.190
"After a Sleazy Show"
First line: No warning was posted there in the theater.
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L7.191
"Dropout"
First line: Grundy and Hoagland and all the rest who ganged.
Accepted for publication by: Negative Capability.
undated
L7.192
"Banquet"
First line: The room you are in was designed to make you forget.
Accepted for publication by: Southern California Anthology.
undated
L7.193
"Ground Zero"
First line: A bomb photographed me on the stone.
12/1/82
L7.194
"Father and Son"
First line: No sound - a spell - on, on, out.
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Box 3: Notes for Workshops, Lectures, & Readings, 1980s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box Box 3

677 items
Container(s)DescriptionDates
Folder
M1
Workshops, lectures, readings
100 items
item
M1.1
"Many Nights"
First line: One night, no wind, stars.
11/1/74
M1.2
"Not in the Headlines"
First line: It’s not the kind of thing that ought to happen, so.
undated
M1.3
"Guide for Modern Teachers of Creative Writing (2pp.)"
First line: Students are beginners or advanced.
undated
M1.4
"Priest of the Imagination"
First line: 1. Read "Lit Instructor".
undated
M1.5
"untitled"
First line: The evenly hovering or suspended attention . . ..
undated
M1.6
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slant of the writing, I looked up.
undated
M1.7
"Craft Lecture 1&2"
First line: The text for today .
7/18/90
M1.8
"Craft Lecture 8"
First line: How can we help.
7/18/90
M1.9
"Craft Lecture 11"
First line: Do you engineer.
7/18/90
M1.10
"untitled"
First line: We must unlearn.
undated
M1.11
"untitled"
First line: People “need to express a will of their own.
undated
M1.12
"Conference on Elders"
First line: Do stereotypes ever help?.
5/23/90
M1.13
"Lit Instructor"
First line: Day after day up there beating my wings.
undated
M1.14
"Craft Lecture"
First line: Herbert Steiner....
7/18/90
M1.15
"Maybe"
First line: Maybe (it's a fear), maybe.
undated
M1.16
"One Time"
First line: When evening had flowed between houses.
undated
M1.17
"After Arguing Against the Contention . . ."
First line: Whispering to each handhold, “I’ll be back”.
undated
M1.18
"Birthdays"
First line: A birthday is when you might not have been born.
2/12/87
M1.19
"Key of C - an Interlude for Marvin"
First line: Sometime nothing has happened. We are home.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
6/9/81
M1.20
"You and Art"
First line: Your exact errors make a music.
4/14/84
M1.21
"Strange Kind of Stealthy Torque"
First line: Like earlier collections.
undated
M1.22
"Mozart by Marcia Davenport"
First line: I really can say no more on this subject.
undated
M1.23
"Craft Lecture 9,10"
First line: 9 The writing world I inhabit....
7/18/90
M1.24
"Questions about Poetry and/or Writing"
First line: 1. Is poetry a message?.
undated
M1.25
"Lecture"
First line: 1. Scripture.
3/2/91
M1.26
"For a Workshop Talk"
First line: In our writing.
6/1/90
M1.27
"To John Hamilton Reynolds"
First line: My dear Reynolds.
undated
M1.28
"Trouble with Reading"
First line: When goats likes a book, the whole book is gone.
Accepted for publication by: Field.
undated
M1.29
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach (MS)"
First line: We would climb the highest dune.
6/1/59
M1.30
"Leaving a Writers Conference (MS)"
First line: When we all leave here tomorrow.
8/1/81
M1.31
"Thoughts at a Workshop"
First line: When others talk of their new....
undated
M1.32
"Why You Should Cherish This Book"
First line: In your life--the center of it . . ..
undated
M1.33
"From a letter by Elizabeth Harper Neeld"
First line: Treat language with respect.
4/10/90
M1.34
"From a letter by Carol Rainey"
First line: The experience of prayer....
12/9/86
M1.35
"untitled"
First line: We know that in language.
undated
M1.36
"I Show the Daffodils to the Retarded Kids (Constance Sharp)"
First line: I didn't make them name it.
undated
M1.37
"Grooming a Poem After It Happens"
First line: Put your writing under a good light.
undated
M1.38
"Making Best Use of the Workshop"
First line: Please write notes ....
Accepted for publication by: Writer .
undated
M1.39
"Right Time"
First line: All the lies in our town ran to the river....
Accepted for publication by: Field.
undated
M1.40
"Passing Remark"
First line: In scenery I like flat country.
undated
M1.41
"The Farm on the Great Plains"
First line: A telephone lines goes cold.
undated
M1.42
"The Big House"
First line: She was a modern, you know.
undated
M1.43
"A Writer's Fountain Pen Talking"
First line: I gave out one day and left a woman.
undated
M1.44
"Ultimate Problems"
First line: In the Aztec design God crows.
undated
M1.45
"In Fur"
First line: They hurt no one. They rove the North.
undated
M1.46
"The Permission of the Snow"
First line: The perfect snow that told your face which way.
undated
M1.47
"School Days"
First line: After the test they sent and expert.
undated
M1.48
"from Writing the Australian Crawl"
First line: Our daughter Kit, six years old.
undated
M1.49
"The Summer We Didn't Die"
First line: That year, that summer, that vacation.
undated
M1.50
"One Time"
First line: When evening had flowed between houses.
undated
M1.51
"A Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was an August night.
undated
M1.52
"My Party the Rain"
First line: Loves upturned faces, laves everybody.
undated
M1.53
"These Days"
First line: Hurt people crawl as it they.
undated
M1.54
"A Sound from the Earth"
First line: Somewhere, I think in Dakota.
undated
M1.55
"News Every Day"
First line: Birds don’t say it just once. If they like it.
undated
M1.56
"Report from a Far Place"
First line: Making these words things to.
undated
M1.57
"Winnemucca, She"
First line: lived here when eagles owned stony mountain.
undated
M1.58
"Grooming a Poem After It Happens"
First line: Put your writing under a good light.
undated
M1.59
"Making Best Use of the Workshop"
First line: Please write notes ....
Accepted for publication by: Writer.
undated
M1.60
"[notecard, 25 July 91]"
First line: .
undated
M1.61
"Meeting the Workshop"
First line: Everyone will take part.
undated
M1.62
"Being Happy Through Teaching"
First line: The contract - student contract.
undated
M1.63
"Jim Davis"
First line: .
undated
M1.64
"Dr. Stafford (note from a student, 2 pages)"
First line: You say one can't.
undated
M1.65
"A Priest of the Imagination"
First line: What is it like to write?.
undated
M1.66
"Notes for Arts Propel"
First line: One way to induce writing.
undated
M1.67
"Tally of writing invitations (assigned by Usula Hegi & Kim Stafford)"
First line: Take a last line.
undated
M1.68
"Foreword"
First line: This book is written for such men.
undated
M1.69
"Some Writing Ideas"
First line: In your writing do you try to tell.
undated
M1.70
"Teaching Creative Writing"
First line: The contract - student contract.
undated
M1.71
"Notes for Arts Propel"
First line: One way to induce writing.
undated
M1.72
"untitled"
First line: There are many kinds of poems.
undated
M1.73
"A Priest of the Imagination (5 pages)"
First line: Even before we settle down.
undated
M1.74
"Grooming a Poem After It Happens"
First line: Put your writing under a good light.
undated
M1.75
"untitled"
First line: We think we learn to talk.
3-Aug-88
M1.76
"Some Notes on Writing"
First line: As you know, my poems are organically grown.
undated
M1.77
"The Minuet: Sidling Around Student Poems"
First line: My first impulse, when confronted .
undated
M1.78
"Early Youth"
First line: It argues some seriousness.
undated
M1.79
"untitled"
First line: The eye that is feared.
undated
M1.80
"Letter from Dennis Clark"
First line: Dear Bill:.
undated
M1.81
"Dedicated the Library"
First line: The first text tonight.
undated
M1.82
"Wittgenstein quotation"
First line: People nowadays think that.
undated
M1.83
"Airborne for San Jose"
First line: It's like asking a .
undated
M1.84
"John Milton, from Areopagitica"
First line: I deny not that it is of.
undated
M1.85
"from Milton, "Reason of Church Government""
First line: My work is not to be .
undated
M1.86
"Our Selves in This Place"
First line: First it was the bears.
undated
M1.87
"Lecture 13 June 1989"
First line: "Drink from your own well".
undated
M1.88
"After Arguing Against the Contention . . . (MS)"
First line: Whispering to each handhold, “I’ll be back”.
undated
M1.89
"Why the Sun Comes Up"
First line: To be ready again if they find an owl, crows.
undated
M1.90
"Looking for Gold"
First line: A flavor like wild honey begins.
undated
M1.91
"Today"
First line: Somebody today called me "old".
undated
M1.92
"Waiting in Line"
First line: You the very old, I have come.
undated
M1.93
"There is Blindness"
First line: There is blindness, there is.
undated
M1.94
"Being an American"
First line: Some network has brough history, all the rights.
undated
M1.95
"Wovoka in Nevada"
First line: Holding his dream (buffalo all over.
undated
M1.96
"Turn Over Your Hand"
First line: Those lines on your palm, they can be read.
undated
M1.97
"To Recite Every Day"
First line: This bread is rye. Many places.
undated
M1.98
"You and Art"
First line: Your exact errors make a music.
undated
M1.99
"Hearing the Song"
First line: My father said, "Listen," and that subtle song.
undated
M1.100
"Three Students Outside Highland (MS)"
First line: The two girls were bigger, and they turned.
undated
M2
Workshops, lectures, readings
119 items
item
M2.1
"One Good Thing"
First line: One good thing, you can’t get.
4/22/91
M2.2
"Berea"
First line: This place, hand-carved is waiting for.
4/3/91
M2.3
"E Flat Minor"
First line: Any house has a little tone, maybe one chord.
3/27/91
M2.4
"Easter Walk in Utah"
First line: Whatever we seek may crawl toward us if we walk.
4/1/91
M2.5
"Peace Walk"
First line: We wondered what our walk should mean.
undated
M2.6
"Stillborn"
First line: Where a river touches an island.
undated
M2.7
"Beside the Guest House Drive"
First line: Near a spruce beside the drive a gray.
2/11/91
M2.8
"It Happens That"
First line: Most people sleep through the dreaming of what.
2/18/91
M2.9
"At Jack’s House"
First line: That sound we knew, that we almost heard.
1/1/85
M2.10
"Mi Sombrero"
First line: When the sun pours its light and heat.
3/3/91
M2.11
"Conviction"
First line: It is not by light, the way we find.
undated
M2.12
"In Camp"
First line: That winter of the war, every day.
undated
M2.13
"Deserters"
First line: At first the old people hesitate - time.
undated
M2.14
"Ode to Garlic"
First line: Sudden, it comes for you.
undated
M2.15
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: This town is haunted by some good deed.
undated
M2.16
"A Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was an August night.
undated
M2.17
"Pascal, Pensees"
First line: We only consult the ear because.
undated
M2.18
"Collage (to Walter Hamady)"
First line: Big purple sky, tree cut out.
11/15/90
M2.19
"Vita"
First line: Maxim Gorky.
undated
M2.20
"Mozart (Marcia Davenport): “Courtesy of the heart...”"
First line: I really can say no more.
undated
M2.21
"statement by Richard Hugo"
First line: I came to a field of long grass....
undated
M2.22
"Aphorisms from William Blake"
First line: The Child’s Toys....
undated
M2.23
"Way of Art"
First line: Before music, when the world only happened.
5/16/90
M2.24
"This Book"
First line: Late, at the beginning of cold.
undated
M2.25
"Like a Birdcall"
First line: As if pursued by music that others couldn’t hear.
2/8/90
M2.26
"Explaining to Buckley"
First line: Some of us make mistakes, you know.
4/1/81
M2.27
"Kansas Honk"
First line: Down the road.
6/1/79
M2.28
"Reminders"
First line: Before dawn, across the whole road.
Accepted for publication by: Christian Science Monitor.
8/29/90
M2.29
"Last Calendar"
First line: Skip August. Skip that time a sound.
8/28/90
M2.30
"Flying with Bill Rewey (MS)"
First line: They untie tail and wings, tethered against.
6/24/90
M2.31
"It Was Even Better Than Breadloaf"
First line: A poem about fire turned so real.
6/1/90
M2.32
"Oregon Message"
First line: When we first moved here, pulled.
undated
M2.33
"Faith"
First line: If you live in this kind of world and.
1/27/89
M2.34
"Read to the Last Line"
First line: Suppose a heroic deed.
undated
M2.35
"Things That Come"
First line: After it came down from the mountain.
undated
M2.36
"Today"
First line: Somebody today called me "old".
undated
M2.37
"The Moment"
First line: It happens lonely--no one.
undated
M2.38
"Forestry"
First line: Old cedars, when the storms come.
undated
M2.39
"The Animal that Drank Up Sound (partial)"
First line: Then that animals wandered on and began to drink.
undated
M2.40
"Neighbors"
First line: These mountains do their own announcements. They.
Accepted for publication by: Bristlecone/ Ascent (Sierra Club).
undated
M2.41
"Behind the Falls"
First line: First the falls, then the cave.
undated
M2.42
"You get this deep legend by listening deep"
First line: You try to be sure while you stand.
undated
M2.43
"At Layser Cave"
First line: Our heads bent over the floor, so rich.
6/8/90
M2.44
"Treeline"
First line: Trees near the top have heard too many.
6/5/90
M2.45
"People in a Room"
First line: They fold themselves in the middle and sit. Elbows.
3/8/90
M2.46
"Song Now"
First line: Guitar string is.
undated
M2.47
"Museum at Tillamook"
First line: Still face on the wall: that look.
undated
M2.48
"1080"
First line: Ten-eighty” they say, when they call.
Accepted for publication by: Clearwater.
undated
M2.49
"Why I Am Happy"
First line: Now has come, an easy time.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
undated
M2.50
"Passing a Pile of Stones"
First line: A shadow hides in every stone.
undated
M2.51
"Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron"
First line: Out of their loneliness for each other.
undated
M2.52
"Collage"
First line: Big purple sky, tree cut out.
11/15/90
M2.53
"From Ink in This Pen"
First line: An old barn could hold out its dreams.
12/22/90
M2.54
"Overnight"
First line: All new, each flake.
12/19/90
M2.55
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua"
First line: All those years when the wind made its whimper.
12/15/90
M2.56
"Coffee with Uncle Bill"
First line: The face hardly changes. A corner of the mouth.
12/1/90
M2.57
"Epiphany"
First line: Can a few lifting ducks leave the water.
undated
M2.58
"Autumn"
First line: Down the road old Mrs Drew is raking.
12/1/89
M2.59
"Why We Willows Bend"
First line: Pretty soon after the moon, a million frogs.
undated
M2.60
"Twelfth Birthday"
First line: They never found what slowly descended, silently.
Accepted for publication by: Three Rivers.
undated
M2.61
"Identifications"
First line: I am the visitor who said.
Accepted for publication by: Xanadu.
5/1/86
M2.62
"Library"
First line: It’s a room where you go to understand, where you change.
Accepted for publication by: Sunstone.
2/23/82
M2.63
"Prairie Town"
First line: There was a river under First and Main.
Accepted for publication by: Fiddlehead.
undated
M2.64
"Security"
First line: Tomorrow will have an island. By night.
Accepted for publication by: Hawaii Review.
undated
M2.65
"Consolations"
First line: The broken part mends even stronger than the rest.
4/1/89
M2.66
"A Tentative Welcome to Readers"
First line: It is my hope that those who blame.
undated
M2.67
"Your Life"
First line: You will walk toward the mirror .
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
M2.68
"A Scene"
First line: Grandpa gives me a candy watch.
undated
M2.69
"Looking for Gold"
First line: A flavor like wild honey begins.
undated
M2.70
"Little Night Stories"
First line: There was a certain flake. For miles it.
undated
M2.71
"Epiphany"
First line: That time you glanced away, when.
9/5/89
M2.72
"Emmy Award: Sodom"
First line: This part of the program they will save.
9/26/89
M2.73
"1932"
First line: Nobody could come because ours was the house.
undated
M2.74
"Poets to Consider for Next Season’s Series"
First line: Creighton L. Herkesheimer.
Accepted for publication by: Occident.
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M2.75
"Minimum Carol"
First line: When Earth was a lonely place.
undated
M2.76
"Wishy Washy"
First line: The thing is, water won’t stay, once.
10/10/89
M2.77
"Fiction"
First line: We would get a map of our farm as big.
undated
M2.78
"Another Old Guitar"
First line: For years I was tuned a few notes too high.
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M2.79
"A Long Way Short of Damascus"
First line: Along Main Street, avoiding what trouble.
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M2.80
"Living Here"
First line: In Babylon, where I live now, revenge.
undated
M2.81
"Today"
First line: Somebody called me “old”.
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M2.82
"Maybe"
First line: Maybe (it's a fear), maybe.
undated
M2.83
"Report to Wovoka from Carson City"
First line: The same air you felt when you dreamed.
7/27/89
M2.84
"Looking Out from Carson City in the Morning"
First line: In Nevada we ordinary people carry our money.
undated
M2.85
"Smoke Signals"
First line: There are people on a parallel way.
undated
M2.86
"A Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was an August night.
undated
M2.87
"Last Day"
First line: The dark side of the world carries you.
7/29/89
M2.88
"Experiments"
First line: Part of the cost, we knew, was the pain.
Accepted for publication by: Literary Olympics.
undated
M2.89
"Head with a Ph.D."
First line: In this head is the sky. The dome.
3/1/86
M2.90
"Gleam"
First line: On our bench in the garden my mother shelled peas.
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M2.91
"Falling Behind"
First line: From back here, their shadows look long.
11/26/88
M2.92
"Traveling through the Dark (photocopy of typescripts with errors)"
First line: Traveling through the dark.
undated
M2.93
"Walking in the Morning"
First line: We walk a secret earth. Our look.
Accepted for publication by: Quaker Human Experience with Russia.
9/29/86
M2.94
"Fifteen"
First line: South of the bridge on Seventeenth.
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M2.95
"Walking the Beach Under the Overcast"
First line: It seems like someone’s mind when they forget.
1/28/89
M2.96
"Poet in a Strange Land"
First line: To be present, seeing.
Accepted for publication by: Scarab.
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M2.97
"In Medias Res"
First line: On Main one night when they sounded the chimes.
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M2.98
"If Only"
First line: If only the wind moved, outside, and all else waited.
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M2.99
"Leaving a Writers’ Conference"
First line: When we all leave here tomorrow.
8/1/81
M2.100
"Traveling through the Dark"
First line: Traveling through the dark I found a deer.
undated
M2.101
"Bent-Over Ones"
First line: Some trees look down when.
Accepted for publication by: Spectrum.
undated
M2.102
"This Book"
First line: Late, at the beginning of cold.
undated
M2.103
"Banquet"
First line: The room you are in was designed to make you forget.
Accepted for publication by: Southern California Anthology.
undated
M2.104
"Gulls at Cannon Beach"
First line: You’d think they discovered injustice and achieved.
10/1/88
M2.105
"Tracker Dog 1"
First line: Bringing its talent for recognition.
Accepted for publication by: Abraxas.
3/1/88
M2.106
"Tracker Dog 2"
First line: One thing in the world at a time.
Accepted for publication by: Abraxas.
12/1/87
M2.107
"Driving the Valley Road"
First line: It shocks even yet, that plunge.
Accepted for publication by: Clockwatch Review.
2/1/86
M2.108
"Evolution"
First line: The thing is, I’m still.
Accepted for publication by: Field.
undated
M2.109
"Footnote"
First line: When Sacajawea’s child grew up and sidestepped.
5/27/85
M2.110
"Craft Lecture"
First line: 1) Knowledge about writing....
7/18/90
M2.111
"Memorial Day"
First line: Said a blind fish loved that lake.
Accepted for publication by: Madrona.
undated
M2.112
"Heard Under a Tin Sign at Cannon Beach"
First line: I am the wind. Long ago.
6/1/74
M2.113
"Poet’s Annual Indigence Report"
First line: Tonight beyond the determined moon.
undated
M2.114
"Weekly Schedule"
First line: Monday - Liberties Day.
undated
M2.115
"Oregon Message"
First line: When we first moved here, pulled.
Accepted for publication by: New Yorker and Agenda.
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M2.116
"Beyond What the Stock Market Says"
First line: We move a compass and watch the needle.
9/1/76
M2.117
"Sniffing the Region"
First line: Being Tagged a regional writer.
Accepted for publication by: Concerning Poetry.
undated
M2.118
"Books Available"
First line: Password, HarperCollins.
undated
M2.119
"Picture of a bear"
First line: .
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M3
Workshops, lectures, readings
54 items
item
M3.1
"Gaea"
First line: Our earth, the whole of it, is alive, they say.
3/6/91
M3.2
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach"
First line: We would climb the highest dune.
6/1/59
M3.3
"Light by the Barn"
First line: The light by the barn that shines all night.
undated
M3.4
"First Grade"
First line: In the play Amy didn’t want to be.
undated
M3.5
"One Home"
First line: Mine was a Midwest home - you can keep your world.
undated
M3.6
"How It Is with Family"
First line: Let's assume you have neglected to write.
undated
M3.7
"A Life, A Ritual"
First line: My mother had a child, one dark.
undated
M3.8
"Witness"
First line: This is the hand I dipped in the Missouri.
undated
M3.9
"How You Know"
First line: Everyone first hears the news as a child.
Accepted for publication by: Alembic.
undated
M3.10
"In Camp"
First line: That winter of the war, every day.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
M3.11
"Entering History"
First line: Remember the line in the sand.
3/26/91
M3.12
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slant of the writing, I looked up.
undated
M3.13
"Things I Learned Last Week"
First line: Ants, when they meet each other.
undated
M3.14
"Serving with Gideon"
First line: Now I remember: in our town the druggist.
undated
M3.15
"Choosing a Dog"
First line: It’s love,” they say. You touch.
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M3.16
"How It Began"
First line: They struggled their legs and blindly loved, those puppies.
undated
M3.17
"Bush from Mongolia"
First line: This bush with light green leaves.
Accepted for publication by: Amicus Journal.
undated
M3.18
"Sky"
First line: I like it with nothing. Is it.
undated
M3.19
"Loyalty"
First line: Some people, they tire of their dog, they.
Accepted for publication by: New York Quarterly.
12/4/81
M3.20
"Reading with Little Sister: A Recollection"
First line: The stars have died overhead in their great cold.
undated
M3.21
"Bi-Focal"
First line: Sometimes up out of this land.
undated
M3.22
"Once in the 40s"
First line: We were alone one night on a long.
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M3.23
"The Last Day"
First line: To Geronimo rocks were the truth.
undated
M3.24
"At the Grave of My Brother"
First line: The mirror cared less and less at the last, but.
undated
M3.25
"Toward the End"
First line: They will give you a paperweight.
undated
M3.26
"Slide Show"
First line: Choose a day. Bring it up to the big lens.
undated
M3.27
"Roll Call"
First line: Red Wolf came, and Passenger Pigeon.
undated
M3.28
"About Yesterday"
First line: Wind past a hollow tree, that mouth.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Now.
10/1/77
M3.29
"Places with Meaning"
First line: Say it's a picnic on the Fourth of July.
undated
M3.21
"Walking away an Undeclared War"
First line: Once where we lived, every place in the sky.
4/1/72
M3.22
"Waiting for God"
First line: This morning I breathed in. It had rained.
undated
M3.23
"One of the Many Dreams of Childhood"
First line: Floorboards of an old car. Shaking.
undated
M3.24
"On a Church Lawn"
First line: Dandelion cavalry, light little saviors.
undated
M3.25
"Pilgrims"
First line: They come to the door, usually carrying or leading.
undated
M3.26
"Meeting an Old Friend in the Supermarket"
First line: When you’re old you dance different; and after.
undated
M3.27b
"Epiphanies of an Old-Model Hoover (cf. An Epiphany)"
First line: That time I glanced away when.
Accepted for publication by: Vacuum Festival.
9/5/89
M3.27a
"Epiphany (cf. Epiphanies of an Old-Model Hoover)"
First line: That time you glanced away, when.
9/5/89
M3.28
"Way I Write"
First line: In the mornings I lie partly propped up.
undated
M3.29
"First War"
First line: Soldiers wore puttees, then. That was.
4/1/64
M3.30
"Every Morning All Over Again"
First line: Only the world guides me.
Accepted for publication by: Spectrum.
undated
M3.31
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
M3.32
"A Bird Inside a Box"
First line: A bird inside a box, a box will.
undated
M3.33
"Our Kind"
First line: Our mother knew our worth.
undated
M3.34
"At a Motel in Memphis"
First line: To Memphis in a bad time Martin.
2/7/91
M3.35
"What Ever Happened to the Beats"
First line: On that street in San Francisco.
undated
M3.36
"Speer at Spandau"
First line: Someone is asking you the ultimate.
12/1/80
M3.37
"Tough Art"
First line: Certain writers create a zone of language that….
undated
M3.38
"Listening (2 copies)"
First line: My father could hear a little animal step.
undated
M3.39
"Thinking for Berky (2 copies)"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
undated
M3.40
"Saint Matthew and All (2 copies)"
First line: Lorene - we thought she’d come home. But.
Accepted for publication by: Carolina Quarterly.
undated
M3.41
"Scripture"
First line: In the dark book where words crowded together.
undated
M3.42
"You Know That Little Drum?"
First line: You know that little drum in your breast all the time?.
6/1/91
M3.43
"Tragedy (MS, first four lines)"
First line: It happens. You always.
undated
M3.44
"Things in the Wild Need Salt (last 10 ll.)"
First line: Once in a cave a little bar of light.
undated
M3.45
"Dream of Now"
First line: When you wake to the dream of now.
undated
M3.46
"Foreword"
First line: This book is written for such men.
undated
M3.47
"Example from Bev Doolittle art"
First line: Sally Taylor gave us a picture book.
undated
M3.48
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slant of the writing, I looked up.
undated
M3.49
"Fictions"
First line: They make a song for their dogs, up North.
undated
M3.50
"Volunteer Award (by Ernest Wight)"
First line: With great pleasure and deep regret I must.
undated
M3.51
"3 pp., two by WS"
First line: Surrounded by the cloying element.
undated
M3.52
"What It Is Like to Write"
First line: It’s as if I am setting forth partly holding my breath.
11/4/88
M3.53
"Craft Lecture"
First line: How do your dreams find you?.
7/18/90
M3.54
"Thoughts at a Workshop"
First line: When others talk of their new.
undated
M4
Workshops, lectures, readings
18 items
item
M4.1
"The Gift"
First line: Time wants to show you a different country. It's the one.
undated
M4.2
"Ground Zero"
First line: A bomb photographed me on the stone.
12/1/82
M4.3
"A Gesture Toward an Unfound Renaissance"
First line: There was the slow girl in art class.
undated
M4.4
"Story Time"
First line: Tell that one about Catherine.
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M4.5
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: This town is haunted by some good deed.
undated
M4.6
"The Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills behind our house.
undated
M4.7
"I Was in the City All Day"
First line: Into the desert, trading people for horses.
undated
M4.8
"At the Playground"
First line: Away down deep and away up high.
undated
M4.9
"Everything Twice"
First line: One time a green forest one time.
Accepted for publication by: Atlantic.
undated
M4.10
"Once in the 40s"
First line: We were alone one night on a long.
undated
M4.11
"Story Time (2pp.)"
First line: Tell that one about Catherine.
undated
M4.12
"What If We Were Alone?"
First line: What if there weren’t any stars?.
undated
M4.13
"Our Kind"
First line: Our mother knew our worth.
undated
M4.14
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach"
First line: We would climb the highest dune.
6/1/59
M4.15
"Pilgrims"
First line: They come to the door, usually carrying or leading.
undated
M4.16
"Little Girl By the Fence at School"
First line: Grass that was moving found all shades of brown.
undated
M4.17
"Vocatus atque Non Vocatus"
First line: Before our life was there a world?.
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M4.18
"Keeping a Journal"
First line: At night it was easy for me with my little candle.
undated
M5
Workshops, lectures, readings
37 items
item
M5.1
"Burning a Book"
First line: Protecting each other, right in the center.
Accepted for publication by: Field.
3/21/84
M5.2
"With Neighbors One Afternoon"
First line: Someone said, stirring their tea, "I would.
undated
M5.3
"How It Is with Water"
First line: When Sun heard about snow, everything got quiet.
1/23/91
M5.4
"For the Unknown Enemy"
First line: This monument is for the unknown.
undated
M5.5
"Memorial for My Mother"
First line: For long my life left hers. It went.
undated
M5.6
"Bess"
First line: Ours are the streets where Bess first met her.
undated
M5.7
"News Every Day"
First line: Birds don’t say it just once. If they like it.
Accepted for publication by: And Review.
undated
M5.8
"Meditation (MS)"
First line: Animals full of light.
undated
M5.9
"Accepting Some Less Than Exemplary Conduct"
First line: In my wilderness dreams, when.
3/18/91
M5.10
"From the Anderson Refrigerator"
First line: Someone in this house has to tell it.
3/18/91
M5.11
"Nine"
First line: Nine was looking toward the right, the way.
2/1/91
M5.12
"Coming Back"
First line: Near your face a breath, your dog: “It’s day”.
undated
M5.13
"Birthdays"
First line: A birthday is when you might not have been born.
Accepted for publication by: Crosscurrents.
2/12/87
M5.14
"Forestry"
First line: Old cedars, when the storms come.
Accepted for publication by: Amicus Journal.
undated
M5.15
"Awareness"
First line: Of a summer day, of what moves.
Accepted for publication by: Ohio Review.
undated
M5.16
"Yellow Cars"
First line: Some of the cars are yellow, that go.
undated
M5.17
"Atwater Kent"
First line: Late nights the world flooded our dark house.
undated
M5.18
"Influential Writers"
First line: Some of them write too loud.
6/28/90
M5.19
"Want List"
First line: Bring me the Cascades. Bring that bend.
Accepted for publication by: Home State.
undated
M5.20
"Next Time"
First line: Next time what I’d do is look at.
Accepted for publication by: New England Review.
undated
M5.21
"Your Life"
First line: You will walk toward the mirror.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
M5.22
"Tracks in the Sand"
First line: For anyone, I am a substitute.
Accepted for publication by: Georgia Review.
undated
M5.23
"Looking Across the River"
First line: We were driving the river road.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
12/1/78
M5.24
"Afterwards"
First line: Gradually certain questions crept back. They.
3/14/91
M5.25
"War-Monument Speech for July 4"
First line: We knock on an oak and for each rememberer.
Accepted for publication by: Midwest Quarterly.
6/1/72
M5.26
"Lesson in Biology"
First line: Moses my name, a box my home.
Accepted for publication by: Moorehead State paper, Oct ‘88.
10/1/88
M5.27
"Saint Matthew and All"
First line: Lorene - we though she'd come home. But.
undated
M5.28
"Rembering Broher Bob"
First line: Tell me, you years I had for my life.
undated
M5.29
"Ground Zero"
First line: A bomb photographed me on the stone.
undated
M5.30
"A Catechism"
First line: Who challenged my soldier mother?.
undated
M5.31
"Gift"
First line: Time wants to show you a different country. It’s the one.
Accepted for publication by: Ohio Review.
7/13/87
M5.32
"Size of a Fist"
First line: This engine started years ago - many.
undated
M5.33
"Afterwards"
First line: Gradually certain questions crept back. They.
3/14/91
M5.34
"Serving with Gideon"
First line: Now I remember: in our town the druggist.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
undated
M5.35
"Moment [Again]"
First line: In breath, where kingdoms hide .
undated
M5.36
"Roll Call"
First line: Red Wolf came, and Passenger Pigeon.
undated
M5.37
"Old Growth"
First line: They never found the grove. But.
undated
M6
Workshops, lectures, readings
4 items
item
M6.1
"Letter from Nick Hill"
First line: In Nicaragua....
2/7/88
M6.2
"Letter from Elizabeth Harper Neeld"
First line: Treat language with respect.....
4/10/90
M6.3
"Dream That Seems to Me Emblematic of How to Write"
First line: I have bicycled up to a mountain town....
10/8/90
M6.4
"Two Kinds of Artist or Crafts People"
First line: Most of us, by laughing and crying....
undated
M7
Workshops, lectures, readings
103 items
item
M7.1
"Deerslayer's Campfire Talk"
First line: At thousands of places on any.
undated
M7.2
"In Fog"
First line: In fog a tree steps back.
undated
M7.3
"Confessions (3 pages)"
First line: I once hung my son .
undated
M7.4
"Autobiography (2 pages, Mary Ann Larson)"
First line: I was the expected.
undated
M7.5
"Accepting of Some Less Than Exemplary Conduct"
First line: In my wilderness dreams, when.
3/18/91
M7.6
"Geography Lesson"
First line: When the land quit moving, some of it.
Accepted for publication by: Texas Review.
2/13/84
M7.7
"Religion Back Home"
First line: When God’s parachute failed.
undated
M7.8
"In the Backyard"
First line: Something beyond us bends over town.
Accepted for publication by: Ohio Review.
undated
M7.9
"Listening Deep"
First line: It came to me that a river is flowing.
undated
M7.10
"Some Evening"
First line: In the form of mist, from under a stone.
undated
M7.11
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
M7.12
"Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills behind our house.
undated
M7.13
"Barnum and Bailey"
First line: And also besides, listen, in addition, there was.
Accepted for publication by: New Letters.
undated
M7.14
"Ask Me (2 copies)"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
M7.15
"On a Church Lawn"
First line: Dandelion cavalry, light little saviors.
undated
M7.16
"Ducks Down in the Meadow"
First line: Stars, it is the end.
undated
M7.17
"The Last Day"
First line: To Geronimo rocks were the truth.
undated
M7.18
"At the Grave of My Brother"
First line: The mirror cared less and less at the last, but.
undated
M7.19
"Joseph’s Coat"
First line: For yellow use goldenrod. Mushrooms.
1/1/90
M7.20
"Stray Moments"
First line: We used to ask - remember? We said.
Accepted for publication by: Alembic.
10/13/89
M7.21
"A Visit Home"
First line: In my sixties I will buy a hat.
undated
M7.22
"People in a Room"
First line: They fold themselves in the middle and sit. Elbows.
3/8/90
M7.23
"Anxiety of Influence"
First line: As we stank along the trail at the end.
7/1/89
M7.24
"Junior High"
First line: From school the way home could lead past.
7/6/89
M7.25
"Old Math"
First line: Let X be husband. This door here won’t open.
5/2/89
M7.26
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: This town is haunted by some good dead.
undated
M7.27
"At the Edge"
First line: A thought so fine may be.
Accepted for publication by: Quakerbook for Russia.
undated
M7.28
"Consolations"
First line: The broken part mends even stronger than the rest.
4/1/89
M7.29
"Some Things in My Fantasy Life"
First line: Here is the broken phone.
3/1/78
M7.30
"On the Bookrack at Corner Drugs"
First line: Second Chance at Love leans toward.
undated
M7.31
"Selina"
First line: In a tiny pearl resting on velvet.
12/4/90
M7.32
""William Stafford (1914- )," photocopies from an anthology"
First line: At the Grave of Daniel Boone.
undated
M7.33
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
undated
M7.34
"Ground Zero"
First line: A bomb photographed me on the stone.
undated
M7.35
"Thoughts on Capital Punishment (Rod McKuen)"
First line: There ought to be a capital punishment for cars.
undated
M7.36
"Traveling thorough the Dark"
First line: Traveling through the dark I found a deer.
undated
M7.37
"Weather Report"
First line: Light wind at Grand Prairie, drifting snow.
undated
M7.38
"Vacation Trip"
First line: The loudest sound in our car.
undated
M7.39
"The Big House"
First line: She was a modern, you know.
undated
M7.40
"A Story That Could Be True"
First line: If you were exchanged in the cradle and .
undated
M7.41
"So Long"
First line: At least at night, streetlight.
Accepted for publication by: New Yorker.
undated
M7.42
"Judgments"
First line: I accuse.
undated
M7.43
"At the Bomb Testing Site"
First line: At noon in the desert a panting lizard.
undated
M7.44
"Dropout"
First line: Grundy and Hoagland and all the rest who ganged.
undated
M7.45
"Absences"
First line: Once when the waves were talking one said.
undated
M7.46
"Bookstore"
First line: In the underground room at Elliott Bay.
4/25/89
M7.47
"Consolations"
First line: The broken part heals stronger than the rest.
4/1/89
M7.48
"Near"
First line: Talking along in our not quite prose way.
undated
M7.49
"Not Having Wings"
First line: If I had a wing it might hurt.
undated
M7.50
"Ritual to Read to Each Other (2 copies)"
First line: If you don’t know the kind of person I am.
undated
M7.51
"Foreword "
First line: This book is written for such men.
undated
M7.52
"It smells right"
First line: It’s not the mistakes in language . . ..
undated
M7.53
"Excerpt from Swift, A Modest Proposal"
First line: It is a melancholy object . . ..
undated
M7.54
"Entering History"
First line: Remember the line in the sand?.
3/26/91
M7.55
"Publishing a Book"
First line: I do this without expecting . . ..
undated
M7.56
"Old Growth"
First line: They never found the grove. But.
Accepted for publication by: Home State.
undated
M7.57
"My NEA Poem"
First line: A blank place on the page.
Accepted for publication by: Red Dirt.
7/28/90
M7.58
"Tragedy"
First line: It happens. You knew it could.
undated
M7.59
"In the Night Desert"
First line: The Apache word for love stings.
5/1/76
M7.60
"Gesture Toward an Unfound Renaissance"
First line: There was a slow girl in art class.
undated
M7.61
"Dropout"
First line: Grundy and Hoagland and all the rest who ganged.
Accepted for publication by: Negative Capacity.
undated
M7.62
"How I Escaped"
First line: A sign said "How to Be Wild.
undated
M7.63
"Waiting at the Beach"
First line: The sun tugs over the sky.
Accepted for publication by: Home State.
undated
M7.64
"Bird Inside a Box"
First line: A bird inside a box, a box will.
4/1/75
M7.65
"Farm on the Great Plains"
First line: A telephone line goes cold.
undated
M7.66
"One Time"
First line: When evening had flowed between houses.
undated
M7.67
"Religion Back Home"
First line: The minister smoked, and he.
undated
M7.68
"A Sound from the Earth"
First line: Somewhere, I think in Dakota.
undated
M7.69
"Waking Up in Bremerton"
First line: Maybe this is the day.
undated
M7.70
"Photograph"
First line: .
undated
M7.71
"Tragedy"
First line: It happens. You knew it could.
undated
M7.72
"What's in My Journal"
First line: Odd things, like a button drawer. Mean.
undated
M7.73
"Report from K9 Operator Rover on the Motel . . ."
First line: Four summers ago tar covered a road.
undated
M7.74
"The Light by the Barn"
First line: The light by the barn that shines all night.
undated
M7.75
"An Archival Print"
First line: God snaps your picture -- don't look away --.
undated
M7.76
"Autobiography (Mary Ann Larson)"
First line: I was the expected.
undated
M7.77
"Things to Consider When Reading Each Tale Presented . . ."
First line: Try to use these factors.
undated
M7.78
"Our Craft"
First line: Of course when we meet ....
9/6/86
M7.79
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: 1) Please write notes....
undated
M7.80
"How to Make Helpful Mistakes in Writing"
First line: We writers endure contradictory influences....
undated
M7.81
"Arrival"
First line: Tell that other dust I’m here.
9/27/92
M7.82
"One Life"
First line: Pascal glanced at infinity.
undated
M7.83
"Story Time"
First line: Tell that one about Catherine.
undated
M7.84
"And So On And So On"
First line: In my country people begin to walk the way.
10/5/92
M7.85
"Why I Keep a Journal (Seeking the Way 1)"
First line: While I follow the wind.
Accepted for publication by: American Scholar.
undated
M7.86
"Maybe There Is (Seeking the Way 2)"
First line: Could there be a star so pure you would die.
undated
M7.87
"One of the Exiles (Seeking the Way 3)"
First line: They give me their vast neglect.
Accepted for publication by: Mikrokosmos.
undated
M7.88
"Coming Home (Seeking the Way 4)"
First line: The engine at fifty, driving.
Accepted for publication by: Portland Review.
undated
M7.89
"On a Walk One Rainy Morning (Seeking the Way 5)"
First line: Mushrooms announce their small religions.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review.
undated
M7.90
"After All These Years (Seeking the Way 6)"
First line: Each faint star out in the night.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
undated
M7.91
"Any Day (Seeking the Way 7)"
First line: The world is on fire, slow flame.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
M7.92
"Always with Us (Seeking the Way 8)"
First line: Always with us, quiet, attentive.
Accepted for publication by: Literary Half- Yearly.
undated
M7.93
"On the Moon (Seeking the Way 9)"
First line: It is so quiet on the moon.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
12/31/50
M7.94
"Speaking Trance (Seeking the Way 10)"
First line: When Saint Sebastian came down this street.
Accepted for publication by: Tennessee Poetry Review.
undated
M7.95
"There Are Witnesses"
First line: An enormous Tract of Great Still Shapes.
1/18/92
M7.96
"Sherwood"
First line: Those books the forest wrote began.
2/11/92
M7.97
"map"
First line: .
undated
M7.98
"It’s Far"
First line: On an island people heard about the mainland.
6/18/92
M7.99
"Barking Along"
First line: The clocks keep trying.
9/30/92
M7.100
"After Life’s Fever"
First line: Even if Time keeps flashing its badge.
10/13/92
M7.101
"What’s In My Journal"
First line: Odd things, like a button drawer. Mean.
undated
M7.102
"Near"
First line: Talking along in this not quite so prose way.
undated
M7.103
"From a letter from Carol Rainey"
First line: The experience of prayer . . ..
undated
M8
Workshops, lectures, readings
1 item
item
M8.1
"Speaking in Tongues"
First line: Every word flares a color, a twinkle of light.
undated
M9
Workshops, lectures, readings
34 items
item
M9.1
"Grandmother"
First line: They draped her shawl across her chair and folded.
10/7/92
M9.2
"Playing at Sam’s House"
First line: Bring your truck, the yellow one.
9/11/92
M9.3
"Written 1st class session of ‘71-’72 (original)"
First line: You say one can’t find the truth..
undated
M9.4
"Why the Sun Comes Up"
First line: To be ready again if they find an owl, crows.
undated
M9.5
"Proposition"
First line: Pretend our houise is on an ordinary street.
6/1/90
M9.6
"Christmas Carol"
First line: Gestures the trees make as our train goes by.
8/1/92
M9.7
"Apologia pro Vita Sua"
First line: Why did you go, of an afternoon, there.
Accepted for publication by: Four Quarters.
8/1/92
M9.8
"Thomas Gray's Elegy, selected verses"
First line: The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day.
undated
M9.9
"Kansas and the World"
First line: In that hard air when the wind in winter.
8/18/92
M9.10
"Assurance"
First line: You will never be alone, you hear so deep.
undated
M9.11
"On a Portrait of Georgia O’Keefe"
First line: I am an old woman. This frown on my face.
4/3/92
M9.12
"On A Portrait of Georgia O’Keefe"
First line: Take this attention away. Let me wander.
4/3/92
M9.13
"A Country Epitaph"
First line: I am the man who plunged.
undated
M9.14
"Passing Remark"
First line: In scenery I like flat country.
undated
M9.15
"A Stared Story"
First line: Over the hill came horsemen, horsemen whistling.
undated
M9.16
"Thinking for Berky"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
undated
M9.17
"With My Crowbar Key"
First line: I do tricks in order to know.
undated
M9.18
"Love the Butcher Bird Lurks Everywhere"
First line: A gather of apricots fruit pickers left.
undated
M9.19
"Right Now, This Morning"
First line: Time wants to show you a different country. It’s.
7/13/87
M9.20
"Ceremony"
First line: On the third finger of my left hand.
undated
M9.21
"Loyalty"
First line: Some people, they tire of their dog, they.
undated
M9.22
"Story That Could Be True"
First line: If you were exchanged in the cradle and.
undated
M9.23
"Bess"
First line: Ours are the streets where Bess first met her.
undated
M9.24
"How It Began"
First line: They struggled their legs and blindly loved, those puppies.
undated
M9.25
"Getting Going"
First line: My hand slides hangers around looking for.
undated
M9.26
"Masterpieces"
First line: A bell in the painting rings. You don’t.
4/1/92
M9.27
"Islands"
First line: There could be an island.
undated
M9.28
"Our Story (MS)"
First line: Remind me again - together we.
undated
M9.29
"Confessor"
First line: The girl hinding in the hall on the ferry.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
5/1/78
M9.30
"Napoleon (translation)"
First line: Children, when was.
undated
M9.31
"With Neighbors One Afternoon"
First line: Someone said, stirring their tea, "I would.
undated
M9.32
"Want List"
First line: Bring me the Cascades. Bring that bend.
undated
M9.33
"Starting with Little Things"
First line: Love the earth like a mole.
undated
M9.34
"Old Growth"
First line: They never found the grove. But.
undated
M10
Workshops, lectures, readings
207 items
item
M10.1
"Report from K9 Operator Rover on the Motel at Grand . . ."
First line: Four summers ago tar covered a road.
undated
M10.2
"Early Start"
First line: Touch awake the engine.
4/14/92
M10.3
"Days Like This"
First line: What’s left lies out there spread for.
4/1/92
M10.4
"Autobiography (Mary Ann Larson, 2 pages)"
First line: I was the expected.
undated
M10.5
"Left for the Back Pages"
First line: Here in the back pages hide the little.
undated
M10.6
"There Isn’t Any Title Here"
First line: In that other country some branches lean.
4/7/92
M10.7
"Kansas Honk"
First line: Down the road.
6/1/79
M10.8
"Big Job"
First line: They try, with windows, with lights.
10/16/90
M10.9
"Father and Son"
First line: No sound--a spell--on, on out.
undated
M10.10
"Some Night Again"
First line: When the world vanishes, I will come back.
undated
M10.11
"A Life, A Ritual"
First line: My mother had a child, one dark.
undated
M10.12
"Want List"
First line: Bring me the Cascades. Bring that bend.
undated
M10.13
"Storm Coming"
First line: Even in the barn, air faintly.
4/21/92
M10.14
"Tragedy"
First line: It happens. You knew it could.
undated
M10.15
"Freedom of Expression"
First line: My feet wait there listening, and when.
undated
M10.16
"View From Here"
First line: In Antarctica drooping their little shoulders.
undated
M10.17
"Every Morning All Over Again"
First line: Only the world guides me.
undated
M10.18
"Sky"
First line: I like it with nothing.
undated
M10.19
"Voyages, Discoveries"
First line: My dreams disappear in the morning.
4/3/92
M10.20
"The Summer We Didn't Die"
First line: That year, that summer, that vacation.
undated
M10.21
"The Moment Again"
First line: In breath, where kingdoms hide.
undated
M10.22
"Big World, Little Man"
First line: Some things it is wrong to think of”.
2/21/92
M10.23
"Faux Pas"
First line: Waiting seems to be best. Your remark.
undated
M10.24
"Bedtime Story"
First line: When we animals lived in caves, our mothers.
undated
M10.25
"My Mother Was a Soldier"
First line: If no one moved on order, she would kill.
undated
M10.26
"Owls at the Shakespeare Festival"
First line: How do owls find each other.
undated
M10.27
"Good Room"
First line: In this best room, only a kitchen.
undated
M10.28
"A Ceremony: Doing the Needful"
First line: Carrying you, a little model carefully dressed.
undated
M10.29
"Remarks on my Character"
First line: Waving a flag, I retreat a long way beyond.
undated
M10.30
"Winnemucca, She"
First line: Lived here when eagles owned Stony Mountain.
undated
M10.31
"The Escape"
First line: Now as we cross this white page together.
undated
M10.32
"Birthright: entry in worst-poem contest, Wyoming"
First line: No other heart has found the beat of mine.
undated
M10.33
"Near Disasters: Ingrid Wendt winning entry in worst-poem contest."
First line: O tree, you glimmer bright.
undated
M10.34
"Run Before Dawn"
First line: Most mornings I get away, slip out.
Accepted for publication by: Ontario Review.
undated
M10.35
"Influential Writers"
First line: Some of them write too loud.
undated
M10.36
"Forestry"
First line: Old cedars, when the storms come.
undated
M10.37
"An Afternoon in the Stacks"
First line: Closing the book, I find I have left my head.
undated
M10.38
"Author’s House"
First line: Trying to look like the others, Ursula’s.
2/15/92
M10.39
"Toward the Space Age"
First line: We must begin to catch hold of everything.
undated
M10.40
"Local Events"
First line: A mouth said a bad word. A foot.
undated
M10.41
"Help from History"
First line: Please help me know it happened.
undated
M10.42
"Graffiti"
First line: What's on the wall will influence your life.
undated
M10.43
"Ground Zero"
First line: While we slept.
undated
M10.44
"Climbing Along the River"
First line: Willows never forget how it feels.
undated
M10.45
"The Secret"
First line: Where the tongue lives, it almost.
undated
M10.46
"Humanities 101"
First line: Professor Bob, ealking over from Savier Street.
2/15/92
M10.47
"Sherwood"
First line: Those books the forest wrote began.
2/11/92
M10.48
"Story I Have to Tell You"
First line: They made a wolf out of sheet iron.
3/16/92
M10.49
"Bad Blood - for Beth"
First line: Nobody judges us. Out here in the mountains.
3/11/92
M10.50
"Connections - for Joanne"
First line: They curl around, making a valley.
3/11/92
M10.51
"Steady - for Emma Lou"
First line: It will all escape if we look away.
3/11/92
M10.52
"Knife Dialogue"
First line: Little Knife said to Big Knife.
undated
M10.53
"Explorations"
First line: Up in the mountains where one of the boulders.
8/14/91
M10.54
"On the Bookrack at Corner Drugs"
First line: Second Chance at Love leans toward.
undated
M10.55
"Up a Side Canyon"
First line: They have trained the water to talk, and it prattles.
undated
M10.56
"Whispered into the Ground"
First line: Where the wind ended and we came down.
undated
M10.57
"A History of Our Land"
First line: In the old times here the hills moved.
undated
M10.58
"That Day Again"
First line: Some nights you hear wires taunting the wind.
undated
M10.59
"That Year"
First line: The last year I was your friend, they fell.
undated
M10.60
"Some phrases to Mix for Tree-Wilderness Display"
First line: Listen together....
undated
M10.61
"Writing Class"
First line: Experience in writing.
undated
M10.62
"Experiments"
First line: Part of the cost, we know, was the pain.
undated
M10.63
"Want List"
First line: Bring me the Cascades. Bring that bend.
undated
M10.64
"Out in the Garden"
First line: "Details, details," the mole says.
undated
M10.65
"Awareness"
First line: Of a summer day, of what moves.
undated
M10.66
"An Accounting"
First line: Little gray animals, and the birds.
undated
M10.67
"Little Girl by the Face at School"
First line: Grass that was moving found all shades of brown.
undated
M10.68
"The Burning House"
First line: What does the floor hear--that cousin to earth?.
undated
M10.69
"Wovoka's Witness"
First line: The people around me.
undated
M10.70
"How You Know"
First line: Everyone first hears the news as a child.
undated
M10.71
"Listening to the Tide"
First line: Tomorrows ago the world spun.
undated
M10.72
"Grace Abounding"
First line: Air crowds into my cell so considerately.
8/6/91
M10.73
"Even in a Desert"
First line: You know how willow is. Well, there was.
undated
M10.74
"Evasions"
First line: When I travel my name is Hurtle.
8/19/91
M10.75
"In the Desert"
First line: What is that stiff figure.
undated
M10.76
"How It Can Be"
First line: People can drift farther apart. They can.
undated
M10.77
"Next Time"
First line: Next time what I'd do is look at.
undated
M10.78
"Recoil"
First line: The bow bent remembers home long.
undated
M10.79
"With One Launched Look"
First line: The cheetah levals at one far deer.
undated
M10.80
"A Child of Luck"
First line: Once I feel bad, it takes chocolate.
undated
M10.81
"So Long"
First line: At least at night, a streetlight.
undated
M10.82
"Read to the Last Line"
First line: Suppose a heroic deed.
undated
M10.83
"Passwords: A Program of Poems"
First line: Might people stumble and wander.
undated
M10.84
"I Bow from Darkness"
First line: In Wyoming one day I climbed.
8/27/91
M10.85
"Volunteer Award (by Ernest Wight)"
First line: With great pleasure.
undated
M10.86
"Think About It"
First line: You can’t feel or measure that first touch.
2/24/92
M10.87
"Keepsakes"
First line: Star Guides.
undated
M10.88
"In the Backyard"
First line: Something beyond us bends over town.
undated
M10.89
"Be Calm. God Has Offered Us Pretty Names (MS)"
First line: Let fawn autumn come.
8/1/65
M10.90
"Out Camping (MS)"
First line: Today comes walking over the water.
undated
M10.91
"Now and Again"
First line: That in a public square we talked.
8/27/91
M10.92
"Coming to Billings, 2 pp(MS)"
First line: Over Great Salt Lake we hang in the sky.
undated
M10.93
"That Time of Year (2 pp)"
First line: Remember T.J.?.
undated
M10.94
"The Whole Story"
First line: When we shuddered and took into ourselves.
undated
M10.95
"In the Desert"
First line: What is that stiff figure.
undated
M10.96
"Time"
First line: The years to come (empty boxcars).
undated
M10.97
"Broken Home"
First line: Here is a cup left empty in their.
undated
M10.98
"Friend"
First line: For anyone, for anyone.
undated
M10.99
"One Sudden Indian"
First line: When my father claimed it, we laughed. Then.
7/27/91
M10.100
"For the Governor"
First line: Heartbeat by heartbeat our governor tours.
undated
M10.101
"Vespers (2 pages)"
First line: As the living pass.
undated
M10.102
"In the Museum"
First line: Like that, I put the next thing in your hand.
undated
M10.103
"Time's Exile"
First line: From all encounters vintages ensue.
undated
M10.104
"Recoil"
First line: The bow bent remembers home long.
undated
M10.105
"Weather Report"
First line: Light wind at Grand Prairie, drifting snow.
undated
M10.106
"This Book"
First line: Late, at the beginning of cold.
undated
M10.107
"Adults Only"
First line: Animals own a fur world.
undated
M10.108
"A Look Returned"
First line: At the border of October.
undated
M10.109
"Father's Voice"
First line: "No need to get home early.
undated
M10.110
"Observation Car and Cigar"
First line: Tranquility as his breath, his eye a camera.
undated
M10.111
"Surviving a Poetry Circuit (2 copies)"
First line: My name is Old Mortality--mine is the hand.
undated
M10.112
"One of Your Lives (2 copies)"
First line: One of your lives, hurt by the mere sight of.
undated
M10.113
"The Only Card I Got On My Birthday Was from an . . ."
First line: On upland farms into abandoned wells.
undated
M10.114
"At the Old Place"
First line: The beak of dawn's rooster pecked.
undated
M10.115
"Captive"
First line: Calmly through the bars observe.
undated
M10.116
"The View From Here"
First line: In Antarctica drooping their little shoulders.
undated
M10.117
"Things We Did That Meant Something"
First line: Thin as memory to a bloodhound's nose.
undated
M10.118
"At Liberty School"
First line: Girl in the front row who had no mother.
undated
M10.119
"What God Used For Eyes Before We Came (2 pages)"
First line: At night sometimes the big fog roams in tall.
undated
M10.120
"Found in a Storm"
First line: A storm that needed a mountain.
undated
M10.121
"Chickens the Weasel Killed"
First line: A passerby being fair about sacrifice.
undated
M10.122
"Requiem"
First line: Mother is gone. Bird songs wouldn't let her breathe.
undated
M10.123
"A Walk In The Country"
First line: To walk anywhere in the world, to live.
undated
M10.124
"The Swerve"
First line: Halfway across a bridge one night.
undated
M10.125
"Being Sure"
First line: On a still day the sun is mellowing westward.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
undated
M10.126
"The Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills behind our house.
undated
M10.127
"Ways to Say Wind"
First line: Moves in the woods without.
undated
M10.128
"A Bridge Begins In the Trees"
First line: In an owl cry, night became real night.
undated
M10.129
"Birthday"
First line: We have a dog named "Here".
undated
M10.130
"By the Snake River"
First line: Something sent me out in these desert places.
undated
M10.131
"The Fish Counter at Bonneville"
First line: Downstream they have killed the river and built a dam.
undated
M10.132
"Sauvies Island"
First line: Some years ago I first hunted on Sauvies Island.
undated
M10.133
"Carols Back Then: 1935"
First line: Clouds on the hills. I hear a throat voice.
undated
M10.134
"Hail Mary"
First line: Cedars darkened their slow way.
undated
M10.135
"Circle of Breath"
First line: The night my father died the moon shone on the snow.
undated
M10.136
"Interlude"
First line: Think of a river beyond your thought.
undated
M10.137
"In Dear Detail, By Ideal Light (3 pages)"
First line: Night huddled our town.
undated
M10.138
"In Response to a Question"
First line: The earth says have a place, be what that place.
undated
M10.139
"Late Thinker"
First line: Remembering mountain farms.
undated
M10.140
"Sophocles Says"
First line: History is a story God is telling.
undated
M10.141
"Near"
First line: Walking along in this not quite prose way.
undated
M10.142
"So Long"
First line: At least at night, a streetlight.
undated
M10.143
"Any Time"
First line: Vacation? Well, our children took our love apart.
undated
M10.144
"Deer Stolen"
First line: Deer have stood around out house.
undated
M10.145
"In a Time of Need"
First line: We put out hands on the window.
undated
M10.146
"In the White Sky"
First line: Many things in the world have.
undated
M10.147
"Journey"
First line: You ramble over the wilderness, a bear or.
undated
M10.148
"Now"
First line: Where we live, the teakettle whistles out.
undated
M10.149
"Speaking Frankly"
First line: It isn't your claim, or mine, or.
undated
M10.150
"It's All Right"
First line: Someone you trusted has treated you bad..
undated
M10.151
"Fall Wind"
First line: Pods of summer crowd around the door.
undated
M10.152
"As Pippa Lilted"
First line: Good things will happen.
undated
M10.153
"One Little Witness"
First line: A sparrow might get depressed.
8/18/91
M10.154
"One Good Thing"
First line: One good thing, you can’t get.
4/22/91
M10.155
"Long Distance"
First line: Sometimes when you watch the fire.
undated
M10.156
"The Peters Family"
First line: At the end of their ragged field.
undated
M10.157
"Forestry"
First line: Old cedars, when the storms come.
Accepted for publication by: Amicus Journal.
undated
M10.158
"Over the Mountains"
First line: Maybe someone stumbles across that child.
12/1/89
M10.159
"A Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was an August night.
undated
M10.160
"One Little Witness"
First line: A sparrow might get depressed.
8/18/91
M10.161
"Want List"
First line: Bring me the Cascades. Bring that bend.
undated
M10.162
"Whatever Comes"
First line: In the fall, rain of the happy tears returns.
undated
M10.163
"Sitting Up Late"
First line: Beyond silence, on the other side merging.
undated
M10.164
"One of the Years"
First line: Hat pulled low at work.
undated
M10.165
"Real Myths"
First line: Bears walk a myth, like us. Bears.
undated
M10.166
"Cliff Dweller"
First line: These days, I live on Acoma, steep.
undated
M10.167
"The Last Friend"
First line: In every life poor body earns its own evil.
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M10.168
""The Lyf So Short . . .""
First line: We have lived in that room larger than the world.
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M10.169
"Compassion Fascists"
First line: These presences, declared monopolists of compassion.
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M10.170
"On This Ark"
First line: For awhile instead of a statue they put.
5/16/92
M10.171
"Sixth Grade Art"
First line: The depot looms with its bricks and a Santa Fe.
4/16/92
M10.172
"Ann"
First line: You are the one in geography who spun.
5/1/92
M10.173
"Impasse"
First line: Something shines through the mountains.
3/1/92
M10.174
"Closing Remarks"
First line: Pretty soon, spring flowers whispers.
4/1/92
M10.175
"Modern Trees"
First line: Modern trees don’t much like.
4/1/92
M10.176
"This is for Everyone"
First line: Avalanche.
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M10.177
"Winnemucca, She"
First line: Lived here when eagles owned Stony Mountain.
undated
M10.178
"Not Having Wings"
First line: If I had a wing it might hurt.
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M10.179
"Not Very Loud"
First line: Now is the time of the moths that come.
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M10.180
"Written last class"
First line: truth--even if it isn't real--.
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M10.181
"Vocatus atque Non Vocatus"
First line: Before our life was there a world?.
undated
M10.182
"Yellow Cars"
First line: Some of the cars are yellow, that go.
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M10.183
"A Catechism"
First line: Who challenged my soldier mother?.
undated
M10.184
"Today"
First line: Somebody today called me "old".
undated
M10.185
"Local Events"
First line: A mouth said a bad word. A foot.
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M10.186
"News Every Day"
First line: Birds don't say it just once. If they like it.
undated
M10.187
"Strokes"
First line: The left side of her world is gone.
undated
M10.188
"Reminders"
First line: Before dawn, across thew whole road.
Accepted for publication by: Christian Science Monitor.
8/29/90
M10.189
"This Place"
First line: This place feels right. They say.
2/6/92
M10.190
"Thinking It Out"
First line: For some reason a filed left fallow will.
5/3/92
M10.191
"Writing Class"
First line: Experience in writing.
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M10.192
"Malheur Before Dawn"
First line: An owl sound wandered along the road with me.
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M10.193
"Face the Music"
First line: Go sing sometime . It’ll be.
4/8/92
M10.194
"Farewell, Age Ten"
First line: While its owner looks away I touch the rabbit.
undated
M10.195
"Whispered in Winter"
First line: Snow falls. The fields begin again.
Accepted for publication by: New Myths.
undated
M10.196
"For"
First line: A pen that listens..
undated
M10.197
"Young (2pp.)"
First line: Before time had a name, when win.
undated
M10.198
"Listening"
First line: My father could hear a little animal step.
undated
M10.199
"A Visit Home"
First line: In my sixties I will buy a hat.
undated
M10.200
"Presences"
First line: Often in the evening Agnes comes back.
5/2/92
M10.201
"Consolation"
First line: In this dream it isnt going to get.
undated
M10.202
"It Gets Deep"
First line: A big ship goes down. There on the bottom.
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M10.203
"Assuming Control"
First line: Sometimes I breathe and.
7/1/91
M10.204
"Outside Krakow"
First line: Let the next frame be that vast room.
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M10.205
"Memorial Day in Anaheim"
First line: Here in Sodom a winding sheet of smog.
5/1/92
M10.206
"Faculty Portrait"
First line: I run around behind and look out of the picture.
6/27/92
M10.207
"Poetry"
First line: Its door opens near. It’s a shrine.
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Box 4: Possible Poems for Publication and Abandoned Poems, 1980s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box Box 4

880 items

Copies of poems being considered by Stafford for publication, along with abandoned poems and reading and workshop poems.

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Folder
P1
[Possibilites]: unpublished poems
26 items
item
P1.1
"My Saga"
First line: My life always just went along quietly.
11/1/87
P1.2
"Apology for Good Dreams"
First line: No decision is ever easy, for some; they.
3/1/88
P1.3
"For Any City Hall"
First line: Citizens, consider antecedents.
8/21/86
P1.4
"Backlighting"
First line: You can take rain and scatter it in a forest.
12/1/86
P1.5
"Lessons"
First line: Canute, who ordered the tide to stop.
6/21/87
P1.6
"Secrets"
First line: My life won’t let me tell.
3/10/88
P1.7
"After School"
First line: Autumn Dog takes me along, evenings.
1/1/88
P1.8
"Unfinished Song"
First line: Some days our sky turns rich.
11/1/87
P1.9
"When Young"
First line: Not fear in the woods, nor loneliness.
4/27/88
P1.10
"Anticipated Remembering"
First line: When it was now I should have gone back.
3/1/88
P1.11
"Arthur Koestler"
First line: Domain of night, receive a suppliant.
3/1/87
P1.12
"My Station and Its Duties [not Occupation]"
First line: A rabbit, I scrunch down with my back.
5/1/87
P1.13
"Fed Up at a Reception"
First line: There comes an end - the old lady demanding.
7/11/87
P1.14
"On One of the Jobs"
First line: We were closing ditches one winter.
7/1/79
P1.15
"untitled"
First line: Whoever bows may listen and in that quiet.
9/6/87
P1.16
"Centrum ‘87"
First line: Gull, cloud, leaf, limb.
7/16/87
P1.17
"Aspen Event"
First line: They tell lies there, lean confidentially.
6/1/87
P1.18
"Adapting"
First line: Whatever casts a shadow says.
8/1/82
P1.19
"Written with a Pen Given by Friends on my Seventieth Birthday"
First line: Suddenly a big hole in the ground appears.
12/1/86
P1.20
"Not Here"
First line: Through my black pen these words appear.
6/1/89
P1.21
"Afterward"
First line: In the house a stillness came.
undated
P1.22
"El Dorado"
First line: One summer our town turned real. The houses.
4/3/90
P1.23
"Wanderlust"
First line: With a pencil, along every road we travel.
4/28/87
P1.24
"Raptor Center"
First line: To observe their dignity you have to bow.
6/14/89
P1.25
"Places in the Back Yard"
First line: From their shadowy corner three.
3/1/86
P1.26
"Belonging"
First line: Chameleon, teach me a home.
1/19/90
P2
"Live possibilites as of Sept. 88": unpublished poems
49 items
item
P2.1
"Some Sentences"
First line: One evening the sun went down.
2/1/85
P2.2
"Little Trouble"
First line: What happened after the story? Wind.
5/29/89
P2.3
"Bookstore"
First line: In the underground room at Elliott Bay.
4/25/89
P2.4
"Walk in Utah"
First line: In a strange canyon with wind buzzing.
4/1/89
P2.5
"Dockside Friends at Friday Harbor"
First line: I’m “The Island King” and all summer.
6/1/89
P2.6
"Levels of a Voyage"
First line: That part at the top of the water.
6/1/89
P2.7
"Exactly at Dawn"
First line: By the dock small boats dance.
6/15/89
P2.8
"Suspense"
First line: These bubbles in the stream live.
5/29/89
P2.9
"Setting Forth for Discovery"
First line: Farewell to land: Crusader rocks at its berth.
6/1/89
P2.10
"Finding Kit a House"
First line: Beyond our cup of earth, tawny at evening.
2/16/87
P2.11
"New Time"
First line: Because that one face fades, because it’s gone.
4/4/89
P2.12
"Eager to Please"
First line: Like a stranger, I come toward your place.
12/21/88
P2.13
"Chant Triste"
First line: Daughter comes home. Wind chill. Wrong.
4/29/89
P2.14
"Ruby and Earl"
First line: Calm where she breathed, one of the good weeds.
7/1/88
P2.15
"Tough Guys"
First line: To have such friends who kill.
7/1/86
P2.16
"Lines on a Face"
First line: In Alaska they say hidden by vines.
3/8/89
P2.17
"Hearing a Lecture"
First line: When some people speak I begin to study.
4/4/89
P2.18
"New Life"
First line: Come back like spring, so gradual.
4/4/89
P2.19
"On a Sandbar in the Sun"
First line: Day crawls away and leaves me here.
12/12/88
P2.20
"You in the Mirror"
First line: You with the face, they are coming.
1/1/88
P2.21
"Oldtimer"
First line: Michigan went by, cornfields, patches of woodland.
3/28/88
P2.22
"Acrobat’s Hold"
First line: This world, a jungle gym, extends where hand.
12/21/88
P2.23
"Three Remarks from an Outpost"
First line: When the spoon gets in.
10/1/80
P2.24
"Distinguished People"
First line: You know how it is most of the time.
3/1/86
P2.25
"Certitude"
First line: Certain quiet people, when important events.
8/1/87
P2.26
"Old Believer"
First line: When you come to the crisis, telling a story.
12/21/88
P2.27
"Bulbs in Winter"
First line: Close to my roots.
1/11/89
P2.28
"It"
First line: It clouded up.
4/1/79
P2.29
"Fog"
First line: Here, comforted in thick fog, our trees.
3/28/88
P2.30
"Think of Wyoming"
First line: A sunny day, the family spread out.
12/21/88
P2.31
"Eden Creek"
First line: Another step out on the old bridge.
4/27/88
P2.32
"Poet’s Epitaph"
First line: It takes all of your life to learn.
11/1/79
P2.33
"On Not Being Met at an Airport"
First line: Even in a hall, even when you are looking for.
10/23/88
P2.34
"Quiet Summons"
First line: I have come to find you. This page.
10/1/88
P2.35
"Note from Sister Noreta"
First line: Can we help it if women’s bodies say yes?.
8/1/87
P2.36
"How It Goes"
First line: Often it begins like this.
3/8/89
P2.37
"Starting the Day"
First line: Dawn always comes. Most people still.
3/1/88
P2.38
"Moods"
First line: A day in summer, a long afternoon.
12/21/88
P2.39
"Old Acquaintance"
First line: Two steps behind slide extra shadows.
3/8/89
P2.40
"One Day"
First line: Not yet really afraid when the floor shook.
5/6/88
P2.41
"Inscription"
First line: The spirit can die, too, what woke you.
4/20/88
P2.42
"Flying to the True Home"
First line: So far it all was from the plane.
2/3/88
P2.43
"Out of All the Field"
First line: One wild rose turned for a shadow sun.
10/10/87
P2.44
"Water in the River"
First line: Water in the river, unrolling the perfect medium.
1/3/89
P2.45
"Becoming One of Them"
First line: Rocks learn where the sun comes from, and they lie.
4/1/89
P2.46
"Some Scenes Are Too Much"
First line: When the truck leaves the road and the driver.
3/1/88
P2.47
"Wife"
First line: She comes home and something is wrong.
3/12/89
P2.48
"Note to Complainers"
First line: We feel hungry - but some have already starved.
4/1/89
P2.49
"Today and Other Days"
First line: In Japan it is tomorrow already on my birthday.
3/8/89
P3
[Possibilites]: 77 unpublished poems
77 items
item
P3.1
"Room 13"
First line: This room wants nothing outside itself.
10/1/89
P3.2
"Wishy Washy"
First line: The thing is, water won’t stay, once.
10/10/89
P3.3
"Alien at Banff"
First line: There is the dog that studies limousines.
5/5/88
P3.4
"At the Desert Museum"
First line: I salute the owl with the broken wing.
12/1/87
P3.5
"Taliesin"
First line: Make walls of earth, earth.
10/24/89
P3.6
"Overheard"
First line: Along our northern edge hidden by rain.
3/10/88
P3.7
"World"
First line: It is clear that rabbits have listened for years.
1/1/87
P3.8
"Nativity"
First line: Your birthday hidden in grass, little rabbit.
6/1/87
P3.9
"Resting Place"
First line: In the forest, from where they grew large and heavy.
4/21/88
P3.10
"From the Meadow"
First line: A bullfrog intones “I believe.” A cricket.
3/8/89
P3.11
"Coyotes on the Mesa"
First line: It’s Saturday night every night.
10/1/89
P3.12
"Coming to the Day"
First line: A day too great for the calendar comes along.
8/11/89
P3.13
"Old"
First line: Let it be a still day, or even if the wind.
10/1/88
P3.14
"Say It Again"
First line: Why go back to a dream? New dreams.
undated
P3.15
"Along the Way"
First line: A stanchion on the bridge begins to tremble.
undated
P3.16
"Recognitions"
First line: In a cave it’s real down there.
undated
P3.17
"Folk Song"
First line: A Russian chorus begins, a rustling.
2/8/90
P3.18
"Crisis LIne"
First line: Night has light of its own, a hidden.
6/1/89
P3.19
"Translation from Spanish of Estelles"
First line: Death dropped by sometimes.
undated
P3.20
"At the Metropolitan"
First line: In the gallery they speak softly.
3/1/87
P3.21
"Bit Part"
First line: My mother cried when my part began.
12/21/88
P3.22
"Late, Alone"
First line: All night the rain wants in. It breathes.
12/21/88
P3.23
"On the Way"
First line: In the morning when you wake up it is given.
5/29/89
P3.24
"Trouble with Language"
First line: You have to know Cheyenne to live.
10/20/89
P3.25
"Apology for Breathing This Way"
First line: The old folk need me, my company.
7/1/89
P3.26
"How People Look"
First line: Faces that tried have given up, some.
11/13/89
P3.27
"Lonely on Campus"
First line: College gives you choices, wet grass that soaks.
6/16/89
P3.28
"Emmy Award: Sodom"
First line: This part of the program they will save.
9/26/89
P3.29
"Translation from French of Victor Hugo"
First line: Tomorrow at dawn at the hour where fields whiten.
undated
P3.30
"Noticed This Year"
First line: When something has already happened.
10/16/89
P3.31
"Back (transl from Japanese of Tanikawa)"
First line: The middle of my back began to itch.
9/1/84
P3.32
"Bird Talk (alternate lines with Yaguchi)"
First line: Sparrows, I’m lucky too.
9/1/84
P3.33
"Quirks Among the Great"
First line: Delicately, after her pupil recites.
4/1/78
P3.34
"Clouds and Faces"
First line: One day the world became what it is, with people.
10/22/81
P3.35
"Filling Some Needs"
First line: You need a door. It can be thin.
6/1/81
P3.36
"For a Neighbor with a Resentful Spouse"
First line: For all those years, you get this.
8/1/81
P3.37
"Gethsemane Manor"
First line: No, this is my hand, Mom, pressing your hand.
9/10/81
P3.38
"For Instance"
First line: Carrie Nation, for instance, like a farmer drove.
5/1/86
P3.39
"Performance"
First line: A dancer walks.
12/6/84
P3.40
"Peggy, at the Last"
First line: No one could tell how her days lingered.
2/22/82
P3.41
"Learning to Be a Person"
First line: Hit a few times, you learn.
10/1/81
P3.42
"Thinking in the Third Grade"
First line: Indians wore feathers that stuck.
9/4/89
P3.43
"Some Speak Too Loud to be Heard"
First line: Yes came to our townone day, so quiet.
4/1/89
P3.44
"Nanook"
First line: They left me here, an ice floe.
12/21/88
P3.45
"Solace"
First line: Was is.
12/1/85
P3.46
"Back Then"
First line: In the cold years my words, warm.
10/1/88
P3.47
"Asking Americans"
First line: If you ask them why, Ron and Shirley don’t know.
5/4/89
P3.48
"Interlude"
First line: Every day the sun tells it big lie.
6/1/87
P3.49
"You Think This Town Is What It Looks Like?"
First line: Anastasia, next door, drew a line.
3/6/89
P3.50
"Imagined Life"
First line: Instead of this grave.
undated
P3.51
"Evidence"
First line: What does it mean, the pile of hats on a chair.
8/1/89
P3.52
"Wall Near the Painted Bride Art Center"
First line: At Penn’s first meeting house in Philadelphia.
9/10/89
P3.53
"This World Now"
First line: Leaves fall. That loss.
7/9/89
P3.54
"No Praise, No Blame"
First line: In sunlight a careful rock.
4/1/89
P3.55
"Doubts"
First line: It’s true that some days when the phone rings.
2/22/89
P3.56
"Sympathy"
First line: Near home air feels better. Hills don’t.
5/24/89
P3.57
"Last Day"
First line: The dark side of the world carries you.
7/29/89
P3.58
"Promise"
First line: In your country now, day brims with a silence.
7/1/89
P3.59
"Doing the Dishes"
First line: The short way to tomorrow leads down from.
7/1/88
P3.60
"Faith"
First line: If you live in this kind of world and.
1/27/89
P3.61
"When It Was"
First line: It was that day when this water spilled.
3/1/87
P3.62
"Short History of Sitka"
First line: Wherever the land permits, water comes home.
6/11/89
P3.63
"Falling Behind"
First line: From back here, their shadows look long.
11/26/88
P3.64
"Extended Biography of Yours Truly"
First line: When they asked me at seventy-five to write.
7/1/89
P3.65
"Recitative"
First line: People say Jesus would wash his hands.
7/1/89
P3.66
"People"
First line: People who come by and linger, who cling.
12/21/88
P3.67
"How It’s Got to Be"
First line: It’s the failed faces enjoying their mistaken.
1/3/89
P3.68
"In the Ads"
First line: Lost: work day, medium height, slouching.
4/1/73
P3.69
"Letter to the Air Force Base"
First line: We regret to inform, not just the “commander”.
6/1/78
P3.70
"Testimony from the Singing Witness"
First line: The law is prose; it calls itself.
2/1/78
P3.71
"Note Left for Someone Often Late"
First line: You have changed.
10/1/77
P3.72
"Coming Back from the Pasture"
First line: Down by the river.
8/1/74
P3.73
"Ferde Grofe"
First line: Who? Him? No. But.
11/20/80
P3.74
"My Poem “Mieszkaniec ziemi”"
First line: Those Polacks again, I thought, after.
7/16/77
P3.75
"Favorite Sounds"
First line: Mushrooms growing.
12/1/80
P3.76
"Birthdays"
First line: Remember slowly, the water awake.
5/1/86
P3.77
"One View"
First line: The way they tell it, someone.
12/1/85
P4
"Poems Abandoned March '86 and again Jan. '92"
26 items
item
P4.1
"Being Alive"
First line: My life made the whole world real - a rumor.
1/1/82
P4.2
"Yew, Ash, Osage Orange"
First line: A good bow has in its Bible just one.
undated
P4.3
"Sound in the Morning"
First line: Who sang, that morning?.
5/9/83
P4.4
"World Story"
First line: Written inside it what it had to do.
7/1/82
P4.5
"Leaving"
First line: Though time was past, it wasn’t Ann.
5/23/79
P4.6
"You Don’t"
First line: You don’t need to come in.
7/1/91
P4.7
"Commitment"
First line: A vine holds on with its little hands.
undated
P4.8
"One Summer"
First line: The people began to know before it happened.
11/9/91
P4.9
"I Bow from Darkness"
First line: In Wyoming one day I climbed.
8/27/91
P4.10
"Stage Directions for the Close of a Play Called “Copenhagen”"
First line: After the end, a new light comes on.
9/18/91
P4.11
"Just So You’ll Know"
First line: In anticipation, I’m s祡湩⁧潧摯祢 倀⸴ㄱ 倀.
undated
P4.12
"Inward Words"
First line: When breath spoke, earth reached out far.
8/10/91
P4.13
"Walking into Winter"
First line: Part of a story I read on the snow.
10/1/84
P4.14
"Lesson for the Day"
First line: Once when I was a vampire.
10/1/84
P4.15
"Law"
First line: So-and So owes money to.
5/1/84
P4.16
"Getting Along in the World"
First line: People who walk in the dark.
8/1/90
P4.17
"Canadians"
First line: When the geese came laboring, a long straggly.
10/1/82
P4.18
"Douglas Firs"
First line: They let their arms down like this, and they stand.
4/1/81
P4.19
"Out by Bend in the Morning"
First line: A woodpecker types out the sun’s dictation.
undated
P4.19
"Sin"
First line: Sin is like this, never knowing.
3/1/81
P4.20
"Keeping the Lid On"
First line: My gaze clamps down on a field: “Calm”.
undated
P4.21
"Millions Are Scorned Each Day"
First line: Out where our canyon visits the underworld.
6/10/91
P4.22
"Explorations"
First line: Up in the mountains where one of the boulders.
8/14/91
P4.23
"Kansas Diamonds"
First line: A mild insistent wind lifts the miles of grass.
undated
P4.24
"Traction Devices Required"
First line: We got this far, this tall.
12/1/84
P4.25
"Standing Outside"
First line: Oaks don’t know they are trees: an oak.
8/1/83
P4.26
"Hors d’Oeuvres"
First line: Wise people don’t make their interesting.
10/12/84
P5
[Possibilites]: mostly unpublished poems and workshop materials
25 items
item
P5.1
"Joe’s Room"
First line: Outside, the world waits. It leans close at night.
11/1/89
P5.2
"Today’s Bread"
First line: These days, a crumb on the floor.
6/1/85
P5.3
"Last Night"
First line: For an interval between heartbeats.
4/1/89
P5.4
"Instinct"
First line: Be an animal. Hear a strange, soft.
9/4/89
P5.5
"Like a Birdcall"
First line: As if pursued by music that others couldn’t hear.
2/8/90
P5.6
"On Indian Hill: at ECC"
First line: Three flags in front salute the wind. A couple.
9/12/89
P5.7
"untitled"
First line: Folder of poems by Primus St John, WCW, Lowell, Bunting, and Stafford from Haystack ‘74.
P5.7
"Scene in the Back Country"
First line: Yesterday history turned. A cable.
7/1/68
P5.8
"Weather Beyond the Weather"
First line: Something comes along - it is in.
12/1/74
P5.9
"In Skeleton Cave"
First line: Hand open along the wall, we two.
Accepted for publication by: World Order.
undated
P5.10
"Program of Poems: Tracing Sympathy"
First line: Before a big rock in the swell.
Accepted for publication by: New Berkeley Review.
7/1/58
P5.11
"With the Gift of a Flower, for the First Birthday of the Computer of Humble Oil on the North Slope of Alaska"
First line: Every tree in The North now has a number.
undated
P5.12
"Flowers at an Airport"
First line: Part of the time sun, part of.
Accepted for publication by: Harper’s.
undated
P5.13
"Whatever Happened to the Beats?"
First line: On that street in San Francisco.
undated
P5.14
"Beyond Olallie"
First line: Drowned in Oregon rain, in a cabin.
Accepted for publication by: Christian Science Monitor.
1/1/76
P5.15
"Out West"
First line: This air the mountains watch, in Oregon, holds.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
1/1/63
P5.16
"Predictability"
First line: We count the bushes, evenly scattered.
5/1/76
P5.17
"Found in a Storm"
First line: A storm that needed a mountain.
undated
P5.18
"Accepting Surprise"
First line: The right mistakes - that rich moment.
Accepted for publication by: Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review.
7/1/75
P5.19
"They Say"
First line: Now and then in sound you discover.
4/1/78
P5.20
"Prairie College: An Audit"
First line: They have land and sky and courtesy.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
2/1/76
P5.21
"Visit Home"
First line: In my sixties I will buy a hat.
undated
P5.22
"At a [Humanities] [College] English Conference"
First line: To the person at the door I thought my friend.
undated
P5.23
"Oregon"
First line: Trees having their picture taken.
Accepted for publication by: Christian Science Monitor.
8/19/72
P5.24
"Grooming the Poem That Is Almost Ready"
First line: Put your poem under a good light....
undated
P5.25
"Commitment (with copy of DW page containing this poem)"
First line: When you go away and the sun crosses.
Accepted for publication by: Quarterly West.
6/21/86
P6
"Abandoned Poems put away May '79": poems
187 items
item
P6.1
"Being Where You Are"
First line: In this room right here, exactly these things be.
5/6/81
P6.2
"What It All Means"
First line: The ink in this pen wants to tell you all about.
4/1/81
P6.3
"Merry-Go-Round"
First line: Maybe somebody will like you.
5/1/80
P6.4
"Days"
First line: They’ll come back, days will, gray sky.
7/1/81
P6.5
"Abstractions at the Zoo"
First line: Tall will be here, and short.
6/1/81
P6.6
"In the Kremlin"
First line: Alive again, hiding how it is.
8/1/80
P6.7
"Abstractions at the Zoo"
First line: Tall will be here, and short.
6/1/81
P6.8
"Kluance Lake"
First line: A chunk of cold fell here, and stayed.
6/1/81
P6.9
"Living Space"
First line: Rival trees crave sun. For trees, they move.
6/1/81
P6.10
"Radar"
First line: Stand on the earth, in fog, turn.
12/17/80
P6.11
"On an Autumn Day"
First line: It isn’t for us I guess, how the leaves.
10/9/79
P6.12
"One a.m."
First line: Something on iron wheels.
10/1/73
P6.13
"What It Means"
First line: You will glance out of a window.
10/6/80
P6.14
"Even Then"
First line: By the number of things accorded their own.
9/1/77
P6.15
"Anyone Can"
First line: You can go out and call.
3/1/80
P6.16
"Time Lapse"
First line: Rain at the door the door blows open.
12/1/80
P6.17
"Maybe It Happens Like This"
First line: In a big dark warehouse a flashlight.
9/1/80
P6.18
"How the World Seems to Be"
First line: Intellectual live a double isolation.
4/1/77
P6.19
"How Do I Love Thee?"
First line: Mine is a world whose weather.
3/1/66
P6.20
"Thanks, Aristotle"
First line: The way water swirls, they say, south.
1/1/78
P6.21
"Strangers"
First line: Nobody said “Come on over”.
4/1/81
P6.22
"Even When You’re Sad"
First line: Sing hard. Act out that part you have, by.
4/16/81
P6.23
"Carved on a Boulder in Wyoming"
First line: We drove the jeep as high as the road.
4/1/81
P6.24
"Record of a Certain Spell of Weather"
First line: One day time brought a piece of sky never used.
3/1/81
P6.25
"Oracle in the Glacier"
First line: For long I have lived here hostage to the sun.
1/1/81
P6.26
"Lie Detector"
First line: The needle waits till the lying part.
1/1/81
P6.27
"Visitors at Westminster College"
First line: A bird with a shrill kraking cry.
3/1/81
P6.28
"Crowfoot Belin on the Tomtom"
First line: Stroke on the air dawn.
6/1/80
P6.29
"Telephone Girl"
First line: While she is wringing her hands.
11/1/78
P6.30
"Tracking in Open Country"
First line: In some dry canyon it starts - life.
12/1/79
P6.31
"Day by Day"
First line: You would think your hand would find.
6/5/80
P6.32
"Accepting It"
First line: In your life you find this dream.
2/1/80
P6.33
"Last Little Question"
First line: Traveler, this question.
10/1/80
P6.34
"Character"
First line: When the ordinary storms come.
1/1/81
P6.35
"Returns"
First line: This thread I follow came one day.
3/1/80
P6.36
"Banalities"
First line: Let me tell you, those were the times (Groan)..
11/1/77
P6.37
"Time to Think Of: Tuesday Evening"
First line: It is raining, I believe. Someone is coming out.
12/29/80
P6.38
"Smuggling the Names"
First line: I have a need: in my talk.
4/29/80
P6.37
"On Not Taking Advice from a Critic"
First line: When the get-up clock won’t work.
10/1/77
P6.38
"Letter to Dick, from Oregon"
First line: Like an animal, I cross fields.
9/1/76
P6.39
"Hello and..."
First line: Hello (the Saint) who likes mornings.
6/1/73
P6.40
"Instant That Comes"
First line: Shoes by a floor lamp. their.
12/1/79
P6.41
"Who We Are"
First line: We began, from silence, from.
4/1/80
P6.42
"As I Was Saying"
First line: A wonderful thing happened today.
9/1/80
P6.43
"How we Got Away"
First line: One strong headlight from far down the road.
9/1/79
P6.44
"Dear Editor"
First line: Dear Editor, Just as freight handlers now package.
6/1/80
P6.45
"Rod Kilmer Soap Opera"
First line: What I feel too much, I cannot say.
6/1/80
P6.46
"Little Compositions for the Left Hand"
First line: In acres of silence a little bird was.
6/1/80
P6.47
"Taming People"
First line: Food is one way - and they need.
10/1/80
P6.48
"Watching the Fire"
First line: Where the fire burns at the yellow part.
9/1/79
P6.49
"Hello"
First line: People around you saying hello, hello.
2/1/80
P6.50
"Pages"
First line: Light is not on the paper, but.
9/1/79
P6.51
"Interview [More Than Words Can Tell]"
First line: Don’t ask, “Are you afraid?”.
8/1/80
P6.52
"Starting the Day"
First line: Inside my hood cold mornings.
2/4/80
P6.53
"Invitation"
First line: Seeking a mood, I want to feel.
9/1/79
P6.54
"Evensong"
First line: When I woke up and found a day.
7/1/80
P6.55
"Aeneas at the Trojan Power Plant"
First line: Don’t make me look at your town.
4/1/79
P6.56
"You Had Better Be Deciding Soon"
First line: A spark in the engine said all right.
1/1/79
P6.57
"Outside of Anchorage"
First line: They were little narrow trees.
5/20/80
P6.58
"Now Playing, Everywhere"
First line: NOW.
12/1/78
P6.59
"Cross-Indexed under “Inflation”"
First line: Money, reluctance of.
8/1/73
P6.60
"Signals"
First line: Thought has a strange house deep.
9/1/79
P6.61
"Busy Signal"
First line: Awaiting the blackmail call, we got.
2/1/79
P6.62
"Gargoyle"
First line: Hurt once and forever, this face.
4/1/79
P6.63
"Rest of Your Life"
First line: Time to start, and you.
9/1/79
P6.64
"Whatever you bump into, there’s a reason"
First line: The plot of your life unfolds, unfolds.
undated
P6.65
"untitled"
First line: In the world you meet in your life.
3/1/80
P6.66
"Signals We Send"
First line: Some kind of feather-lightness barely touching.
10/1/79
P6.67
"Perspective"
First line: In a garden shelter where leaves hang down.
5/1/79
P6.68
"Honors"
First line: They have cast themselves medals of ice.
7/1/79
P6.69
"Edward Abbey"
First line: His hobby is being alone. When a path.
1/1/78
P6.70
"It’s All Right Sometimes"
First line: It goes away. You can look again.
2/4/80
P6.71
"Induction"
First line: This hndwritiung across this page.
9/1/74
P6.72
"Taming the Sun"
First line: There is a star - the sun we call it, and.
9/30/79
P6.73
"Because of This Book"
First line: Because you are alive.
10/1/79
P6.74
"For a New Arrival"
First line: Maybe there is a way, Kate.
9/27/79
P6.75
"two prose statements"
First line: Recently, a demanding project....
9/1/78
P6.75
"untitled"
First line: Recently, a demading project.
9/1/78
P6.75
"untitled"
First line: The business of jacket blurbs.
9/1/78
P6.76
"One-Liners"
First line: Isaac Newton knocks on a door.
2/1/78
P6.77
"Morning Run"
First line: Something began to turn the earth all.
9/1/79
P6.78
"Crossing Northern Minnesota in January"
First line: What is left will wait here.
2/1/80
P6.79
"What It Is"
First line: In life, it is a fox to peer.
12/1/79
P6.80
"Rainfall: Forty Inches a Year"
First line: Dancing out Now, performing The Present.
2/1/79
P6.81
"Sea Creatures"
First line: At the coast, back of mullioned windows, living.
7/1/79
P6.82
"Saying Goodby at Camp David"
First line: The world’s real government hums quietly here.
3/1/80
P6.83
"View from a White House Window"
First line: Part of governing’s just glimpsing - you notice.
10/1/79
P6.84
"At Intervals a Thought When the President Works Late"
First line: We might go live so far.
9/1/79
P6.85
"Report from Number Twelve"
First line: By their bodies I could see where.
9/1/79
P6.86
"Pause for This Message"
First line: We would get lonesome with all the sets turned off.
2/1/79
P6.87
"Nils"
First line: We two sang. The land said, “Green.”.
7/1/80
P6.88
"Staying with Poets"
First line: Outside Michael’s door a philosopher curled up.
2/1/79
P6.89
"End of Something - North Carolina 1865"
First line: Officers arrived, the Blue, the Gray.
10/1/80
P6.90
"Graveyard Shift"
First line: In an ocean of light there’s an island.
10/25/79
P6.91
"We Caught Our Breath"
First line: Asleep among our dolls.
12/1/79
P6.92
"Silent Invisible Sun"
First line: A silent invisible sun wakes up.
11/7/80
P6.93
"Special Notice for the Critic"
First line: Remember - no conclusions may be.
3/1/80
P6.94
"Day in Alaska"
First line: One time I met history. It was a little.
10/1/80
P6.95
"Retirement Speech"
First line: A discard box has broken. Spineless volumes.
4/1/78
P6.96
"On the Way to Work"
First line: I am a weed. I was lucky.
11/1/78
P6.97
"Song"
First line: When I was young and first saw Colorado.
9/1/78
P6.98
"Texas Drive"
First line: God has a ranch in Texas.
4/1/77
P6.99
"Courtesy"
First line: If you crawled to me door (and you might.
6/1/78
P6.100
"For the Circle of Friends"
First line: Around the next bend ahead of me.
6/19/77
P6.101
"Big Message from Space"
First line: Their message is all this around us, everything, their.
5/1/78
P6.102
"Nature Walk"
First line: Climbing the big zig-.
6/1/78
P6.103
"Reporting on Relief Work"
First line: Some of the buildings had fallen before.
7/1/77
P6.104
"Modes"
First line: Here is a person in the mode.
5/1/78
P6.105
"Modern Minor Poet Confronts Milton"
First line: You write these highfalutin, academic.
7/1/78
P6.106
"Fishing Easy Creek"
First line: It is low in the summer, talking among willows.
7/1/78
P6.107
"Day Dreaming"
First line: Ducks kick into flight, arc out.
2/1/78
P6.108
"Small Thing"
First line: That my denials be natural.
5/1/78
P6.109
"Anticipating"
First line: You run the road, a slide, you fall.
8/1/78
P6.110
"When It’s Over"
First line: When it’s over the candles are gone.
6/1/76
P6.111
"Things That Are"
First line: Making no sound, but stronger than a drum.
12/1/76
P6.112
"Thinking Amid the Tumult"
First line: I have a polling booth where, curtain drawn.
5/1/78
P6.113
"Serving Time"
First line: Alone like Sunday your daughter calls.
3/1/78
P6.114
"Metaphysical Problems"
First line: I am a domino, ready to fall straight.
10/1/77
P6.115
"Report from the Quaker Agent"
First line: This year as always I have informed.
12/1/76
P6.116
"Consequences"
First line: Lean your back against rough stone.
11/1/77
P6.117
"Kitchen Ceiling"
First line: Heaven is there, just there. It waits.
3/1/78
P6.118
"As Far As I Got"
First line: All the way back to Yale I was muttering.
7/1/78
P6.119
"Growing Up"
First line: Yesterday and all those other days, tomorrow.
10/1/78
P6.120
"Word for the Body"
First line: At the end of a race I am afraid of that surge.
5/1/78
P6.121
"Trying Again"
First line: Copy the face. Copy all changes.
11/1/77
P6.122
"Found Floating in Space"
First line: Once there was a world. In it this announcement.
3/1/78
P6.123
"Episode"
First line: That morning couldn’t be just.
7/1/73
P6.124
"Early Innings"
First line: As the ball lets go.
4/1/77
P6.125
"Hurt by a Picture"
First line: Snow missed, and missed again, then found.
3/1/78
P6.126
"Any Place is a Historic Site"
First line: In any room where history is made.
2/5/78
P6.127
"Reading Conrad"
First line: A message from another place.
12/1/77
P6.128
"On an Old Street"
First line: People that looked from these windows.
3/1/78
P6.129
"Abandoning Point Zero"
First line: A ghost on our radio, it swept by, port side.
1/1/78
P6.130
"Incident at Bent’s Fort"
First line: It was early when Linda came in today.
3/1/78
P6.131
"For an Afternoon Class"
First line: Slants of evening, sudden.
9/1/77
P6.132
"Beyond Acapulco"
First line: Submarines grunt on their way to wars they invent.
4/1/77
P6.133
"Being at Home"
First line: Around the clear punch bowl we dived.
4/1/78
P6.134
"December"
First line: Take a late, blue, winter evening. If you.
2/1/78
P6.135
"Tushamoya"
First line: Tushamoya waited, the tree no one.
1/1/78
P6.136
"Weather in the Morning"
First line: Inside a big enough balloon, weather.
7/1/77
P6.137
"Taking Charge"
First line: Unnoticed they speed you on, the almost-absent.
11/21/77
P6.138
"At a Cemetery on a Hill by the University of Nevada in Reno"
First line: The tombstones lie scattered. A tumbleweed.
3/1/74
P6.139
"These Days"
First line: Usually these days I am reading.
9/1/77
P6.140
"Being Called Simple"
First line: Most of my mental might be expressed in simple sentences....
11/1/77
P6.140
"Being Called Simple"
First line: Most of my mental operations....
11/1/77
P6.141
"Shah Identifies Himself to St. Peter"
First line: I ran Iran..
11/1/77
P6.142
"Little Light"
First line: Following back of a light, I leave behind.
9/1/77
P6.143
"Looking Out"
First line: Smallest cloud that rosses the moon.
6/1/77
P6.144
"They Were Shining"
First line: I am the other one, the mostly no-.
6/1/77
P6.145
"Bird Sounds"
First line: Let’s load the birds, wherever they go -.
12/1/77
P6.146
"Why My Words Aren’t Foreceful"
First line: It’s the hills I watch, their sides, does it.
11/1/77
P6.147
"From the Quiet Scholar"
First line: Please understand.
11/1/75
P6.148
"Epitaph"
First line: My state is far. My life had no.
9/1/68
P6.149
"Before Because Began"
First line: Because had a house and land.
8/1/77
P6.150
"Sentence in Any Language"
First line: He said Maybe so.
9/1/67
P6.151
"Together"
First line: Enemy My Friend, Someone.
6/1/77
P6.152
"Short Poems"
First line: Looking for someone?.
5/1/67
P6.153
"What I Was Thinking During Yesterday’s Tirade When I Said “Uh-huh”"
First line: On the mountains God.
8/1/67
P6.154
"Beyond Politics"
First line: Winter gets older every year, great men.
12/1/64
P6.155
"September"
First line: A lake, a summer, a breath.
8/1/65
P6.156
"One Time"
First line: Summer had one clock.
12/1/62
P6.157
"For You Viewers"
First line: When it’s over, when I’ve lost.
3/1/77
P6.158
"Trying for the Early Song"
First line: Out in the yard some bird overnight.
6/1/76
P6.159
"Fly Paid Attention"
First line: A fly paid attention.
12/22/76
P6.160
"To Say By a Campfire"
First line: It is that the stars, that they hold.
2/1/77
P6.161
"Getting Old, Ken"
First line: It doesn’t always have to be morning - light can.
3/1/77
P6.162
"Maybe Juniper"
First line: Inside the grate fire holds.
6/1/77
P6.163
"Our Place in the Country"
First line: Alone like Sunday that whole time.
4/1/77
P6.164
"Under the Explosive Air"
First line: Under the explosive air long trucks.
1/1/74
P6.165
"Doze After Lunch"
First line: Leaning, even a little, makes.
7/1/77
P6.166
"For a Reading at Governor Straub’s Office 9 August 1977 with Kim Stafford and Doreen Gandy"
First line: At four I got up and dressed and walked out.
8/9/77
P6.167
"Distinguished Professor in History"
First line: At faculty meeting.
10/1/61
P6.168
"Wage Slave: Art Department"
First line: Across their straight paths, and wandering.
9/1/75
P6.169
"What It Is"
First line: It’s that the eye inside a raindrop.
6/1/77
P6.170
"On their Blindness"
First line: When I consider how Milton is spent on ears.
6/1/77
P6.171
"There There"
First line: You walk.
8/1/77
P6.172
"That Was a Long Time Ago"
First line: When she died....
2/1/75
P6.173
"Getting Up and Looking Out"
First line: On the mirror where you used to be.
6/1/76
P6.174
"Some Lives It’s Like That"
First line: None of us has ever found.
10/1/77
P6.175
"Hunting Tigers"
First line: By basement light, a filament.
6/1/77
P6.176
"Tree House"
First line: Treat it gently, house of air.
11/1/76
P6.177
"Friends"
First line: In the maze of my friends’ opinions.
10/1/77
P6.178
"Meditation"
First line: Cherish the cup, stillness held quiet.
7/1/77
P6.179
"Instead of"
First line: Instead of summer, you: I knew.
1/1/78
P6.180
"Being Patient in a Line at the Postoffice"
First line: Let this day link all the way back.
1/1/77
P6.181
"At Sunrise"
First line: A caucus of crows every morning.
9/1/77
P6.182
"Three Parts (1)"
First line: Beast.
5/1/77
P6.183
"Three Parts (2)"
First line: Victim.
5/1/77
P6.184
"Three Parts (3)"
First line: Afterward.
5/1/77
P6.185
"Looking Around"
First line: Now I am looking at my life.
9/1/73
P6.186
"You Men of the 1940s"
First line: In the wild of the street your kind.
3/1/75
P6.187
"Aware"
First line: Two wires from far approach each.
12/1/73
P7
[Published poems, all dates; 4 pp. of poem submission lists]
235 items
item
P7.1
"Someone You know"
First line: Arms out, I turn. Wires in each hand.
Accepted for publication by: The Nation.
2/2/76
P7.2
"Places to Live"
First line: At Brothers, in the open, there’s.
3/1/78
P7.3
"Making the Scene at a Writers’ Conference"
First line: Coming near, I watch their faces.
Accepted for publication by: Chariton Review.
7/1/78
P7.4
"Poem to Me on My Birthday"
First line: My parents were supposed to meet.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
5/1/72
P7.5
"Memo from a Teachers’ College"
First line: Teachers begin by pushing the subject matter.
10/1/56
P7.6
"On Quitting a Little College"
First line: By footworn boards, by steps.
Accepted for publication by: Approach.
undated
P7.7
"Duet for Typewriters"
First line: First Typewriter:.
5/1/76
P7.8
"Believer"
First line: A horse could gallop over our bridge that minnows.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P7.9
"Existences"
First line: Half-wild, I hear a wolf.
Accepted for publication by: Southern Review.
undated
P7.10
"Accountability"
First line: Cold nights outside the taverns in Wyoming.
undated
P7.11
"On the Road Last Night"
First line: On the road last night I heard the tires.
undated
P7.12
"Near"
First line: Talking along in our not quite prose way.
undated
P7.13
"Cameo of Your Mother"
First line: What the blind have for their light.
Accepted for publication by: Harvard Magazine.
undated
P7.14
"Hero"
First line: What if he came back, astounded.
undated
P7.15
"Trees in the Forest"
First line: How these times slip by us.
undated
P7.16
"Gun of Billy the Kid"
First line: When they factoried Billy’s gun.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.17
"Walking the Wilderness"
First line: God is never sureHe has found.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
12/1/64
P7.18
"Withdrawn from Circulation"
First line: They are making new stories faster than people can read.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
10/15/62
P7.19
"Thought Machine"
First line: Its little eye stares “On” in its forehead.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.20
"Epitaph: Guard Dog"
First line: I had good training.
12/1/66
P7.21
"Flowers at an Airport"
First line: Part of the time sun, part of.
Accepted for publication by: Harper’s.
undated
P7.22
"Sophocles [Says]"
First line: History is a story God is telling.
undated
P7.23
"Candle"
First line: Up in the mountains inside a.
Accepted for publication by: Seneca Review.
12/1/70
P7.24
"Submission list"
First line: Weather.
12/1/69
P7.25
"Old Hero"
First line: The left is my lonely shoulder. Outside.
Accepted for publication by: Salmagundi.
1/1/72
P7.26
"poem by Adrienne Rich"
First line: Such women are dangerous.
undated
P7.27
"poem by Frank O’Hara"
First line: The Sun woke me this morning loud.
undated
P7.28
"poem by John Ashberry"
First line: As I sit looking out of a window - the building.
undated
P7.29
"Readers (Writers)"
First line: We stand apart, each with.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.30
"Lyf So Short"
First line: We have lived in that room larger than the world.
undated
P7.31
"Great Singing"
First line: Something sang into the dust.
Accepted for publication by: Etc. .
8/1/58
P7.32
"Hail Mary"
First line: Cedars darkened their slow way.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.33
"Introducing William Stafford"
First line: I could not believe....
10/8/70
P7.34
"Humanities Lecture"
First line: Aristotle was a little man with.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly and Pioneer Log.
undated
P7.35
"[Poem for] Beginning a Reading [in India]"
First line: News of the telephone - to talk and hear.
Accepted for publication by: Literary Half-Yearly.
10/1/72
P7.36
"Readers"
First line: They stand apart, each with.
undated
P7.37
"Incident in Fortran"
First line: Too distant to feel, a ratio prowls.
Accepted for publication by: Esquire.
4/1/72
P7.38
"Dolphins Live Like Heroes Without Hands"
First line: They know headfirst those aeons when.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P7.39
"Wanderer Awaiting Preferment"
First line: In a world where no one knows for sure.
Accepted for publication by: Paris Review.
undated
P7.40
"New Letters from Thomas Jefferson"
First line: Dear Sir.
10/1/70
P7.41
"That Weather"
First line: Our boy was a child when the good.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.42
"American Studies"
First line: In our country there is a long strange.
3/1/71
P7.43
"On a Walk One Rainy Morning"
First line: Mushrooms announce their small religions.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review.
undated
P7.44
"Stranger Not Ourselves"
First line: We pass a stranger, who glances.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
12/1/66
P7.45
"Landscape of Eberhart Poems"
First line: It’s as if no one has turned far enough.
Accepted for publication by: Quartet.
12/21/72
P7.46
"Map in the Dean’s Office"
First line: Interviews follow a valley.
7/1/58
P7.47
"To Katherine]"
First line: Put this in a book.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
8/1/61
P7.48
"Tennis with the Net Down"
First line: The big taboo truck moved.
Accepted for publication by: Tar River Poets .
undated
P7.49
"Hearing the Reports"
First line: Unready to know what we knew, all of us.
1/1/68
P7.50
"Preparedness"
First line: Knowing the explosion would happen.
Accepted for publication by: Fellowship.
9/1/54
P7.51
"Folk Song"
First line: First no sound, then you hear it.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Bag.
undated
P7.52
"At Earle Birney’s School"
First line: Where the slopes turn cliff.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.53
"Empirics"
First line: You gropers, present company, recall.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
6/1/61
P7.54
"Sally [For Emily Dickinson]"
First line: Those winters back there deepen.
5/1/66
P7.55
"Two Haiku Sequences"
First line: End of a log - eye.
undated
P7.56
"Last Vacation"
First line: Mountains crowded around on the north.
undated
P7.57
"For Someone Gone"
First line: Like that horse. Its breath whistled.
1/1/67
P7.58
"In Atlantis or New York"
First line: They still do not have the right kind of money.
undated
P7.59
"Saturday Nights"
First line: My hands reason with steel.
Accepted for publication by: Stamen Press.
undated
P7.60
"Monday Again"
First line: Turn on the toaster.
1/22/54
P7.61
"Bangladesh"
First line: That day green earth began.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
10/1/72
P7.62
"In Touch’s Kingdom"
First line: We use the stupid self.
Accepted for publication by: Southwest Review.
5/1/70
P7.63
"Along About Now"
First line: A stranger runs before you at every.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
9/1/71
P7.64
"Hide and Go Seek at the Cemetery"
First line: Where snow can’t find them.
Accepted for publication by: Harper’s.
undated
P7.65
"Elegy"
First line: Time: Now.
3/1/70
P7.66
"From the Quiet of the Land"
First line: Wise men: some of your words.
Accepted for publication by: Crazy Horse.
8/14/71
P7.67
"Looking for Someone"
First line: Many a time driving over the Coast Range.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.68
"Beyond Quonset Park (MS original)"
First line: This world is that room predicted then.
2/28/73
P7.69
"Adults Only (MS copy)"
First line: Animals own a fur world.
undated
P7.70
"Quaker at Harper’s Ferry"
First line: No song now - the stilled corridor.
Accepted for publication by: Contempora.
6/1/71
P7.71
"In Oregon"
First line: Old barns let in the rain that always.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
8/1/74
P7.72
"Proportioning"
First line: (single word title, no text).
undated
P7.73
"Way Rocks Fall"
First line: That school fanatics run where.
Accepted for publication by: Elizabeth.
undated
P7.74
"Best Show in Vegas (MS copy)"
First line: The best show in Las Vegas was.
5/1/70
P7.75
"Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills above our house.
undated
P7.76
"Story That Could Be True (MS copy)"
First line: If you were exchanged in the cradle.
undated
P7.77
"Thinking for Berky (MS copy)"
First line: In the late night listening from bed.
undated
P7.78
"untitled"
First line: Geoffrey Gardner translation of poem by Jules Superville.
P7.79
"Strokes"
First line: The left side of her world is gone.
undated
P7.80
"Return to Single-Shot"
First line: People who come back refuse to touch.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.81
"Eagle on the Corner"
First line: An eagle on the corner selling flags.
Accepted for publication by: Tar River Poets .
7/1/70
P7.82
"Wager"
First line: Sprung both ways from small.
Accepted for publication by: Poet & Critic.
1/26/54
P7.83
"Character"
First line: Mobs yell “Death!” and he separates into.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P7.84
"Losing a Friend"
First line: Open the rain and go in.
Accepted for publication by: Chelsea.
undated
P7.85
"What Does a Poet Do?"
First line: Talk by WS.
undated
P7.86
"Poet Thinks of Searching Questions"
First line: Have you a place where, when the world.
Accepted for publication by: Choice.
8/9/72
P7.87
"What We Learned on Vacation"
First line: The same bird sings at all.
1/1/77
P7.88
"About Yesterday"
First line: Wind past a hollow tree, that mouth.
10/1/77
P7.89
"10 August 1978, 5:00 A.M."
First line: Morning is pushing up, no sound of its own.
8/10/78
P7.90
"Lake Grove Presbyterian"
First line: They painted the church, and I.
Accepted for publication by: Cloud Marauder.
9/1/66
P7.91
"Muttered Creed"
First line: Never again for any glorious thing.
Accepted for publication by: Fellowship.
12/3/46
P7.92
"Storm Haiku"
First line: On the old highway.
undated
P7.93
"Waiting for Something"
First line: With my life I am waiting for something.
Accepted for publication by: Literary Cavalcade.
8/1/74
P7.94
"You from There, Me from Here"
First line: Tingaling, this is your telephone.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P7.95
"One Leaf Comes Down"
First line: One leaf comes down. The crew.
undated
P7.96
"Several Dances"
First line: A certain little dance when the right bee.
Accepted for publication by: Granite.
9/1/71
P7.97
"Chevy on the Corner"
First line: In my third gear I rattle.
Accepted for publication by: Uzzano.
1/1/76
P7.98
"As Pippa Lilted"
First line: Good things will happen.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.99
"Tree"
First line: This is the day for not telling where.
Accepted for publication by: Ontario Review.
undated
P7.100
"Thoughts from Vacation"
First line: Ceilings I have studied and on them.
9/16/72
P7.101
"Celebrating Portland"
First line: Some evening from clouds west of town.
undated
P7.102
"Places with Meaning"
First line: Say it’s a picnic on the Fourth of July.
undated
P7.103
"Dialectic of the Mountains"
First line: Descending at 60 the slow dream of the freeway.
undated
P7.104
"At the Desk in the Morning"
First line: Voices, while the hand writes, follow it.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.105
"At the Conference on Cold"
First line: At the conference on cold.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
1/1/77
P7.106
"Tuned in Late One Night"
First line: Listen--this is a tiny station.
Accepted for publication by: Milkweed Chronicle.
undated
P7.107
"Independence Day"
First line: Sunk in the channel, half a rusty ship.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Now.
10/1/72
P7.108
"Being an American"
First line: Some network has bought history, all the rights.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Now.
undated
P7.109
"Not Policy, But Love"
First line: Regarding river lights.
undated
P7.110
"On the Way Home from Alaska"
First line: Those rivers wander saying aloud.
Accepted for publication by: The Other Side.
8/1/68
P7.111
"Oregon"
First line: Trees having their picture taken.
Accepted for publication by: Christian Science Monitor.
8/19/72
P7.112
"Freedom"
First line: Freedom is not following a river.
Accepted for publication by: New American Review.
undated
P7.113
"Listening Deep"
First line: It came to me that a river is flowing.
undated
P7.114
"At Cove on the Crooked River"
First line: At Cove at our camp in the open canyon.
undated
P7.115
"Fish Counter at Bonneville"
First line: Downstream they have killed the river and built a dam.
undated
P7.116
"Witness"
First line: This is the hand I dipped in the Willamette.
undated
P7.117
"Oregon Message"
First line: When we first moved here, pulled.
Accepted for publication by: New Yorker.
undated
P7.118
"Everyone Out Here Knows"
First line: Flowers jump from the tracks of Big Foot.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Now.
undated
P7.119
"Growing Up"
First line: One of my wings beat faster.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
undated
P7.120
"Report to Crazy Horse"
First line: All the Sioux were defeated. Our clan.
Accepted for publication by: Antaeus.
undated
P7.121
"Prairie Town"
First line: There was a river under First and Main.
Accepted for publication by: Fiddlehead.
undated
P7.122
"Across Kansas"
First line: My family slept those level miles.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.123
"At the Falls: A Birthday Picture"
First line: A few leaves flutter still, even on the maple.
Accepted for publication by: Nimrod.
undated
P7.124
"At the Fair"
First line: Even the flaws were good.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
undated
P7.125
"Look Returned"
First line: At the border of October.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.126
"Same Old Character"
First line: Howdy, I’m the rain.
5/21/80
P7.127
"In the Deep Channel"
First line: Setting a trotline after sundown.
undated
P7.128
"Dedication"
First line: We stood by the library. It was an August night.
Accepted for publication by: New Mexico Quarterly.
undated
P7.129
"Bangladesh (2pp.)"
First line: That day green earth began.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
10/1/72
P7.130
"Move to CA 1"
First line: In the crept hours on our street.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.131
"Move to CA, 2 & 3"
First line: Think of the miles we left/Past the middle of the continent.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
P7.132
"Move to CA 4"
First line: Water leaps from lava near Hagerman.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.133
"Move to CA 5"
First line: Those who wear green glasses through Nevada.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.134
"Move to CA 6"
First line: Gasoline makes game scarce.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.135
"Encountering an Audience"
First line: Just to go with your thought for a while.
1/1/68
P7.136
"Near"
First line: Talking along in our not quite prose way.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.137
"Grooming a Poem"
First line: Examine your writing under a good light....
6/25/80
P7.138
"Lake Oswego"
First line: Laurel craves this town.
Accepted for publication by: Portland Magazine.
6/1/60
P7.139
"People Who Went By in Winter(2pp.)"
First line: The morning man came in to report.
undated
P7.140
"How Dancing Began"
First line: One day Little Drum was going along.
Accepted for publication by: Inquiry.
9/1/77
P7.141
"Weeds"
First line: What’s down in the earth.
undated
P7.142
"Origins"
First line: So long ago that we weren’t people then.
Accepted for publication by: Salmagundi.
undated
P7.143
"(Reading notes)"
First line: Poems that live by sound....
8/1/67
P7.144
"(Reading notes)"
First line: Poems that come from documentary.
8/1/67
P7.145
"How to Approach a Wild Poem"
First line: Read “The Speaking Trance”.
8/2/67
P7.146
"Report from the Wind Patrol"
First line: They drift our country - flakes.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
10/1/67
P7.147
"By the Snake River"
First line: Something sent me out in these desert places.
undated
P7.148
"Trip [Journey] to CA 4"
First line: Water leaps from lava near Hagerman.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P7.149
"Fish Counter at Bonneville"
First line: Downstream they have killed the river and built a dam.
undated
P7.150
"Texas"
First line: Wide, no limit, the whole.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.151
"Poetry writing and Other writing"
First line: In poetry, should we try to do good poems?.
undated
P7.152
"One part of the minuet"
First line: In some classes....
undated
P7.153
"(Reading notes)"
First line: Some ambitious poems....
8/1/67
P7.154
"Job"
First line: It starts before light.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.155
"One Life"
First line: Pascal glanced at infinity.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Bag.
undated
P7.156
"Apache Word for Love [In the Night Desert]"
First line: That word forgotten glows.
5/1/76
P7.157
"Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills behind our house.
Accepted for publication by: Harper’s.
undated
P7.158
"untitled"
First line: This metal has come to look at.
Accepted for publication by: Ohio Review.
undated
P7.159
"Tennessee Circuit"
First line: Sons of the statues in Tennessee.
Accepted for publication by: Tennessee Poetry Journal.
4/1/66
P7.160
"Things Never Said"
First line: There are things people will never say.
10/13/77
P7.161
"Walk in the Country (MS copy)"
First line: To walk anywhere in the world, to speak.
undated
P7.162
"Woman at Banff"
First line: While she was talking a bear happened alone, violating.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
undated
P7.163
"Storm Warning [Fall Out]"
First line: Something not the wind shakes along far.
Accepted for publication by: Rough Weather.
undated
P7.164
"Home Economics"
First line: What came, our mother took: like rain.
Accepted for publication by: South and West.
12/1/66
P7.165
"On the Boat Coming In"
First line: No wave but thuds this question, “When?”.
undated
P7.166
"Being Tough"
First line: Just because my hand struck hard.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Review.
undated
P7.167
"We Interrupt to Bring You"
First line: It will be coming toward Earth, and.
Accepted for publication by: Quest.
undated
P7.168
"Scene"
First line: Grandpa gives me a candy watch.
undated
P7.169
"Feeling the Pressure"
First line: Before the house wakes in the morning.
Accepted for publication by: Aura.
10/17/77
P7.170
"Someone"
First line: Someone who could never listen, could never.
10/17/77
P7.171
"We Interrupt to Bring You"
First line: It will be coming toward Earth, and.
Accepted for publication by: Quest.
undated
P7.172
"Being Tough"
First line: Just because my hand struck hard.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Review.
undated
P7.173
"At the Zoo"
First line: You move till a step seems.
Accepted for publication by: Christian Science Monitor.
undated
P7.174
"Limits"
First line: The blind man hears the sun - it.
Accepted for publication by: New Letters.
7/1/74
P7.175
"Farewell, Summer 1970"
First line: One of the leaves from.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Rev.
9/1/66
P7.176
"Fall Wind"
First line: Pods of summer crowd around the door.
undated
P7.177
"Living"
First line: Even pain you can take, in waves.
Accepted for publication by: American Scholar.
undated
P7.178
"In Camp"
First line: That winter of the war, every day.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P7.179
"Thirteenth and Pennsylvania"
First line: Motorcycle, count my sins.
Accepted for publication by: Siv Cedering Fox anthology.
undated
P7.180
"It’s Time"
First line: A woodpecker drilled back to.
Accepted for publication by: Fiction International.
undated
P7.181
"Your Life"
First line: There had to be people troubling you.
Accepted for publication by: Stamen Press.
9/1/69
P7.182
"Quaker at Harper’s Ferry"
First line: No song now - the stilled corridor.
Accepted for publication by: Contempora.
6/1/71
P7.183
"In a Museum at the Capital"
First line: Think of the shark’s tiny brain.
Accepted for publication by: The Reporter for Conscience’ Sake.
undated
P7.184
"Gospel Is Whatever Happens"
First line: When we say “Breath”.
Accepted for publication by: Stoney Lonesome.
undated
P7.185
"Speaking Frankly"
First line: It isn’t your claim, or mine, or.
Accepted for publication by: Iowa Review.
undated
P7.186
"Muttered Creed"
First line: Never again for any glorious thing.
Accepted for publication by: Fellowship.
12/3/46
P7.187
"Poetry Reading (poem by ?Tangren Alexander)"
First line: The having heard.
2/13/75
P7.188
"Out West"
First line: This air the mountains watch, in Oregon, holds.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
1/1/63
P7.189
"World Staccato"
First line: Things that say clear, linger.
Accepted for publication by: Chicago Tribune.
undated
P7.190
"Listening"
First line: My father could hear a little animal step.
Accepted for publication by: Talisman.
undated
P7.191
"Poet Thinks of Searching Questions... (Roethke Chair)"
First line: Have you a place where, when the world.
8/9/72
P7.192
"Things to Want"
First line: A river dreams a lake; the lake, a mountain.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P7.193
"Passing Our Playground"
First line: Where children play at the edge of the forest.
Accepted for publication by: Southern Poetry Review.
7/25/78
P7.194
"Things That Happen Where There Aren’t Any People"
First line: It’s cold on Lakeside Road.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
undated
P7.195
"Fall Journey"
First line: Evening came, a paw, to the gray hut by the river.
Accepted for publication by: Schooner.
undated
P7.196
"Father and Son"
First line: No sound - a spell - on, on out.
Accepted for publication by: Atlantic.
undated
P7.197
"Norse Outpost on Greenland"
First line: Like the whales when their world feels already.
Accepted for publication by: Permafrost.
6/1/78
P7.198
"For Later"
First line: When I put my foot on this cold road.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
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P7.199
"For Tony, Skydiver, Officemate"
First line: We all have to touch the earth.
Accepted for publication by: Portland Rev.
6/1/78
P7.200
"From Hallmark or Somewhere"
First line: Think of a mountain - say, that one.
Accepted for publication by: Cornfield R, GFR.
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P7.145
"How to Approach a Wild Poem"
First line: Read “The Speaking Trance”.
8/2/67
P7.151
"Poetry Writing and Other Writing"
First line: In poetry, should we try to do good poems?.
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P7.152
"One part of the minuet"
First line: In some classes....
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P7.201
"Rainbow Meets Water"
First line: Most of us is water. “Shall we join.
Accepted for publication by: Rainbow.
1/1/79
P7.202
"For the tribes in the Grass"
First line: Those little tribes in the grass who never.
Accepted for publication by: Rainbow.
3/1/78
P7.203
"Once a Year"
First line: Tomorrow is your birthday. The person.
Accepted for publication by: Helix.
12/1/78
P7.204
"Chauv[in]ism"
First line: If you hadn’t prevailed you could say “Look -.
Accepted for publication by: Helix.
11/1/78
P7.205
"Across Another Range"
First line: There are songs that save their treasure.
Accepted for publication by: Abraxas.
3/1/79
P7.206
"Pretty Stone"
First line: Some other year, if the sun.
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P7.207
"My Life"
First line: This corridor through the air, shaped.
Accepted for publication by: Literary Half-Yearly, Mysore.
12/1/74
P7.208
"Afraid of the Dust"
First line: Afraid of the dust, closely peering.
Accepted for publication by: Ironwood.
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P7.209
"August Back Then"
First line: A day was trees. One touched the other.
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P7.210
"Kit’s Idea: The Good Dream"
First line: What if we all could hold in mind.
11/1/62
P7.210
"Kit’s Idea: The Good Dream"
First line: What if we could all....
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P7.211
"Some Things in My Fantasy Life"
First line: Here is the broken phone.
Accepted for publication by: Raccoon.
3/1/78
P7.212
"Watching Her Go"
First line: Tomorrow has come for her face, for its pay.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
11/1/78
P7.213
"Passports"
First line: Through our country animals go.
12/1/74
P7.214
"(prose statement)"
First line: Though most people assume....
9/1/77
P7.214
"Poetry in Prison"
First line: A poem is an event.
7/12/78
P7.215
"Woman at Banff"
First line: While she was talking a bear happened along, violating.
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P7.216
"Hanging Tough"
First line: All right, I’ll ask about home - how is the grass.
Accepted for publication by: Quest.
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P7.217
"Today"
First line: Beside my ear the bowstring says.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
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P7.218
"Poet in Residence (Roethke Chair 1)"
First line: Little quarrels among the keys.
Accepted for publication by: Choice.
6/1/72
P7.219
"Facing His Scary Tradition (Roethke Chair 2)"
First line: That sleet contempt of his, a sudden gust.
6/1/72
P7.220
"Farm World"
First line: Richening, ripening sinks the sun.
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P7.221
"In the Desert"
First line: What is that stiff figure.
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P7.222
"My Name Will Be Samoset"
First line: Drive spikes into the trees and climb.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
6/28/57
P7.223
"Story That Hasn’t Happened"
First line: Where the river spins, rock talks.
Accepted for publication by: L’Esprit.
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P7.224
"At the Custer Monument"
First line: They buried the soldiers where they fell.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
7/1/53
P7.225
"Sitting Up Late"
First line: Beyond silence, on the other side merging.
Accepted for publication by: Rapport.
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P7.226
"Wind World"
First line: One time Wind World.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
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P7.227
"Public Speech"
First line: Old Grandpa Ego with his lying ear trumpet.
Accepted for publication by: Houynhmn’s Scrapbook.
9/7/54
P7.228
"Late August at the Game Refuge"
First line: Out on the wide marsh at Malheur.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
8/1/74
P7.229
"Representing Far Places"
First line: In the canoe wilderness branches wait for winter.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
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P7.230
"Lake Wendoka"
First line: Under the sidewalk lay an Indian village.
Accepted for publication by: Thistle.
2/1/76
P7.231
"Widow Who Taught at an Army School"
First line: She planted bullets in a windowbox.
Accepted for publication by: Crazy Horse.
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P7.232
"Acoma Mesa"
First line: Surrounded by air, we live where.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
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P7.233
"Poet in America (lecture notes)"
First line: An exemplary scene.
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P7.234
"This Morning (read in Gov Straub’s office)"
First line: At four I got up and dressed and walked out.
8/9/77
P7.235
"4 pp of poem submissions"
First line: The Berkeley Monthly.
2/24/82
P8
"Abandoned," poems
58 items
item
P8.1
"Taking Refuge Inside a Dictionary, the Judges of a Literary Contest Condole Unsuccessful Candidates, and Themselves"
First line: It’s in the dictionary somewhere, our excuse.
1/17/84
P8.2
"Being Calm"
First line: Any child that lives.
5/16/84
P8.3
"Nicholas Baronofsky"
First line: Once in a song a little boy died.
6/1/84
P8.4
"Song"
First line: In the forest a vine.
10/1/84
P8.5
"These Times"
First line: Of all the times when lips would go dry.
3/21/84
P8.6
"Witness of a Little Dog"
First line: Beyond the screen at night, and then beyond.
10/1/80
P8.7
"At the Tetons"
First line: Now we take our eyes into rooms.
3/12/83
P8.8
"Lord Hamilton"
First line: Turn with your arm out, smooth and quiet.
10/1/84
P8.9
"Every Saturday Night"
First line: Radios raise their voices, programs you.
12/28/77
P8.10
"Hate Poem: Multiple Choice"
First line: That (spit) pig-form, lowdown man.
5/1/78
P8.11
"Times"
First line: When we go to the coast - waves at the base.
12/2/80
P8.12
"Letting Your Mind Pull Clear"
First line: Stars are not slow, but far.
10/14/81
P8.13
"At Menucha One Day"
First line: My time woven too close, I came.
8/1/82
P8.13
"Annie"
First line: Many a flower was here, like that one there.
5/12/82
P8.14
"untitled"
First line: It’s sort of vulgar, being a person, no matter.
12/1/82
P8.15
"In the Sandhills"
First line: We crowed when morning came - one bird.
5/12/82
P8.16
"Seeing It As Art: Tradition at the University of Idaho"
First line: It spreads over some hills the gym.
9/16/82
P8.17
"Learning Perspective"
First line: In the forest one day I leaned on an old tree.
9/1/82
P8.18
"Sour Fruit, That’s the Way the World Is, Lemon Trees"
First line: How do you ad people work? with.
1/1/82
P8.19
"Terns"
First line: Terns let their wings do the singing.
7/1/68
P8.20
"Looking North"
First line: You little island the willows take.
8/1/63
P8.21
"Kinds of Living"
First line: Afternoon light has faded on someone’s meadow.
1/1/83
P8.22
"December, 1982"
First line: Last night I heard the wolf again.
12/15/82
P8.23
"Leaving"
First line: A lost bomber circles in the night sky.
11/22/79
P8.24
"Little Excursion"
First line: It is an industrial street....
10/1/82
P8.25
"Vinita"
First line: In that fine heaven where the stars.
1/1/82
P8.26
"Becoming a Sourdough"
First line: Naturally it was foggy.
5/1/83
P8.27
"Coming Back to Western Kansas"
First line: Only official clearance is given.
9/15/83
P8.28
"Admirable People"
First line: Admirable people are a success, whatever.
7/1/83
P8.29
"Slow Dream"
First line: Put out your wings. Come slanting by.
4/1/78
P8.30
"Looking at a Critic"
First line: While you write I watch your face.
9/1/83
P8.31
"Autism"
First line: It can’t be said, what curves over.
6/10/82
P8.32
"Great City"
First line: That sky could be real if this weren’t California.
1/1/83
P8.33
"Listen"
First line: It’s a knock on your door tonight, friends.
1/19/84
P8.34
"untitled"
First line: I read in a scary book.
3/1/84
P8.35
"Problems"
First line: Keeping a body brings trouble. You have to.
2/1/84
P8.36
"Confronting an Angry Person"
First line: First ask, “What Illness, abiding.
4/1/84
P8.37
"Words to Keep Off the Rain"
First line: What we said wouldn’t stop the rain.
10/30/79
P8.38
"In Tune"
First line: Listen: there’s a background hum.
10/1/84
P8.39
"Questions That Come"
First line: Many branches are spread against the sky.
4/1/84
P8.40
"Protected Lives - to Marvin Bell in Hawaii"
First line: Is it true the trees walk, over there? Babyans, they’re called.
9/19/81
P8.41
"Once in Michigan"
First line: Because a person I liked asked about Aunt Mabel.
10/1/83
P8.42
"Concertina Shake"
First line: The sun won’t shine if your eyes don’t see.
3/9/85
P8.43
"Anyone"
First line: At a party years later when a door.
6/1/84
P8.44
"How to Live"
First line: Over in Scotland.
7/1/81
P8.45
"On Duty"
First line: You give what you’ve come to deliver.
10/1/81
P8.46
"Meeting Offensive People"
First line: Someone comes toward you. They’re mad. You might as well.
1/14/82
P8.47
"Song for a Foggy Day"
First line: When Archimedes was young.
7/17/84
P8.48
"Staring Out a Window"
First line: Time is my favorite lake.
10/1/84
P8.49
"Finding the Way"
First line: We got used to it on earth, having sunlight.
1/1/81
P8.50
"Telling Them Off"
First line: They don’t even know whaich side of a mirror to be real on.
10/6/81
P8.51
"Diary Entry"
First line: Today was a careful day.
9/1/83
P8.52
"Proper Conduct"
First line: The way to climb a stair is - respect.
6/1/85
P8.53
"On the Way"
First line: You can avoid mountains, but.
10/1/84
P8.54
"Reading the News Near Ellensburg"
First line: Other streams come hurrying down to the Yakima.
3/9/85
P8.55
"Bluegrass at Vedauwoo"
First line: Where Dave sings a hole in the air.
6/1/85
P8.56
"Sounds in the Pasture"
First line: Coyote came by one time: “Yelp.”.
11/5/80
P8.57
"What Art Can’t Depict: Outside Calgary"
First line: This hesitation, this imperfect Indian, and.
1/1/82
P8.58
"Getting Back to Mystery and Wonder"
First line: There are thought....
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P9
[Published poems, all dates]
197 items
item
P9.1
"Berryman"
First line: If you are no one’s copy, if you set.
Accepted for publication by: Inquiry.
9/1/77
P9.2
"Writing Class: Cannon Beach"
First line: It was only the sun being silent, outside.
Accepted for publication by: Ironwood.
6/1/74
P9.3
"With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach"
First line: We were going to the highest dune.
Accepted for publication by: Sponsa Regis.
6/1/59
P9.4
"Out by Liberal"
First line: West of town a great tired lake lay.
3/1/86
P9.5
"Lie Detector"
First line: At night, no one else near, you walk.
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P9.6
"On Her Slate at School"
First line: On her slate at school my mother wrote “Winter”.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
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P9.7
"Read My Lips, Forget My Name"
First line: For anyone, I am a substitute.
Accepted for publication by: Georgia Review.
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P9.8
"For City Hall"
First line: Walking our streets, morning or evening.
7/1/86
P9.9
"For City Hall"
First line: Walking our streets, morning or evening.
7/1/86
P9.10
"Overheard Through an Airduct in the Reference Library"
First line: These cards I sort, I sort by color.
Accepted for publication by: Innisfree.
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P9.11
"Over the North Jetty"
First line: Geese and brant, their wingbeat.
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P9.12
"Pelican Flight"
First line: I hold out my awkward wings and the air.
Accepted for publication by: Florida Review.
11/18/85
P9.13
"Accountability (MS copy)"
First line: Cold nights outside the taverns in Wyoming.
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P9.14
"Those Others Who Live in the Tide"
First line: The wind is why we are lonely.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
5/1/85
P9.15
"Serving with Gideon"
First line: Now I remember: in our town the druggist.
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P9.16
"Lyf So Short"
First line: We have lived in that room larger than the world.
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P9.17
"It’s Like Wyoming"
First line: At sunset you have piled the empties and.
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P9.18
"Buddha’s Thoughts"
First line: In a mountain that is one big stone.
3/9/85
P9.19
"Getting Here"
First line: Briars catch in your coat.
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P9.20
"That Other River"
First line: Above the Klamath we talked a campfire.
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P9.21
"Suddenly [Local Events]"
First line: A mouth said a bad word. A foot.
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P9.22
"Your [This] Observatory"
First line: Your years are to glance out of. It may seem.
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P9.23
"Ceremony: Doing the Needful"
First line: Carrying you, a little model carefully dressed.
Accepted for publication by: Field.
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P9.24
"Understanding a Friend"
First line: It is different, you see, when you are somebody.
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P9.25
"Finding Out"
First line: No, not dark. Even at night a glow from a shaft.
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P9.26
"Things That Come"
First line: After it came down from the mountains.
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P9.27
"Hearing the Tide"
First line: Many tomorrows ago, when the world.
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P9.28
"Suddenly"
First line: A mouth said a bad word. A foot.
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P9.29
"In This Kind of World"
First line: In these latter days of the twentieth century.
Accepted for publication by: Bishop Bumbleton visit.
3/7/86
P9.30
"Widow"
First line: On the first day when light came through the curtain.
Accepted for publication by: Crab Creek Review.
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P9.31
"Snow on the Ground"
First line: Carefully they fall, crystal in weightless.
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P9.32
"Geography Lesson"
First line: When the land quit moving, some of it .
Accepted for publication by: Texas Review.
2/13/84
P9.33
"Walk with My Father When I Was Eight"
First line: Here is the space for the way the day started.
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P9.34
"Graffiti"
First line: What’s on the wall will influence your life.
Accepted for publication by: Sunstone.
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P9.35
"Our Kind"
First line: Our mother knew our worth.
Accepted for publication by: Hampden Sydney Poetry Review.
6/1/78
P9.36
"Remembering Brother Bob"
First line: Tell me, you years I had for my life.
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P9.37
"Critique"
First line: Like a ghost of the writer I read this page.
12/1/86
P9.38
"untitled"
First line: No matter who claims them....
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P9.39
"Tidepool"
First line: It is the ocean at home.
Accepted for publication by: Oregonian.
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P9.40
"Another Old Guitar"
First line: For years I was tuned a few notes too high.
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P9.41
"Tamarisk"
First line: Along the Cimarron on those wide snadbars.
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P9.42
"Death on Bastille Day, 1965"
First line: We needed our man there - theirs.
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P9.43
"What I Didn’t Tell Berryman"
First line: This note is a toy airplane to fly.
11/6/85
P9.44
"For Miss Frazier in Ninth Grade Art"
First line: Between flurries of rain, mountains.
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P9.45
"Who Is Richest Along Our Street?"
First line: I think the woman who walks her little dog.
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P9.46
"Last Day"
First line: Finally rain gives the blessing. It anoints.
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P9.47
"At Borego"
First line: Walking all day rich in that solitude.
4/6/88
P9.48
"One Home"
First line: Mine was a Midwest home - you can keep your world.
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P9.49
"My Party the Rain"
First line: Loves upturned faces, laves everybody.
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P9.50
"Dean at Faculty Retreat"
First line: They go by, dragging their chains. I hook.
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P9.51
"Light, and My Sudden Face"
First line: I am the man whose heart for.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
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P9.52
"How It Is on Earth"
First line: Weather is everywhere. In even the stillest country.
Accepted for publication by: Spectrum, Anna Maria Coll, MA.
5/16/84
P9.53
"All the Time [Near Sisters]"
First line: Evenings, after others go inside.
Accepted for publication by: Crab Creek Review.
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P9.54
"Revelation"
First line: When I came back to earth, it was my bike .
1/1/81
P9.55
"Child of Our Century"
First line: At thirteen my disguise became permanent, except.
Accepted for publication by: Interim.
7/1/85
P9.56
"Graffiti"
First line: What’s on a wall wil influence your life.
Accepted for publication by: Sunstone.
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P9.57
"Crawdads (MS)"
First line: My mother would cook them, she said.
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P9.58
"Prophets"
First line: Some prophets decide not to tell. They go around.
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P9.59
"Among the Junipers"
First line: Without regard for the rest of the country, this area.
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P9.60
"Some Shadows"
First line: You would not want too reserved a speaker.
Accepted for publication by: Compass Review.
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P9.61
"My Party the Rain"
First line: Loves upturned faces, laves everybody.
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P9.62
"Look Returned (MS)"
First line: At the border of November.
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P9.63
"At Borego"
First line: Walking all day rich in that solitude.
4/6/88
P9.64
"In Hugo Country"
First line: There are places on the earth, names.
11/10/86
P9.65
"In Response to a Question"
First line: The earth says have a place, be what that place.
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P9.66
"Big House"
First line: She was a modern, you know.
Accepted for publication by: Spectrum, Anna Maria Coll, MA.
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P9.67
"Poets to Consider for Next Season’s Series"
First line: Creighton L. Heksheimer the Princeton.
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P9.68
"Across Kansas"
First line: My family slept those level miles.
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P9.69
"Yellow Flowers"
First line: While I was dying I saw a flower.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Miscellany.
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P9.70
"Report to My Mother (MS)"
First line: In the alley by the Royal Motel at dawn.
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P9.71
"Arrival"
First line: While the years were mine I walked the high country.
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P9.72
"Coming to Know"
First line: A balloon ascends on that path it finds in the air.
3/1/84
P9.73
"Voice from the Past"
First line: I never intended this face, believe me,.
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P9.74
"Help from History"
First line: Please help me know it happened,.
Accepted for publication by: American Scholar.
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P9.75
"PMLA Bibliography Is Limited to Certain Printed Works"
First line: There are others, and mss.
Accepted for publication by: Satire Newsletter.
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P9.76
"Saving Things"
First line: In shabby boxes in the attic I have.
6/10/80
P9.77
"Wyoming Circuit"
First line: You dream in The Sunset. Blood flows from the pickup.
Accepted for publication by: NW America.
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P9.78
"Way Trees Began"
First line: Before the trees came, when only grass.
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P9.79
"What if We Were Alone?"
First line: What if there weren’t any stars?.
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P9.80
"What I Didn’t Tell Berryman"
First line: This note is a toy airplane to fly.
11/6/85
P9.81
"They Suffer for Us"
First line: In war so many come.
4/21/86
P9.82
"Some Lights"
First line: You turn on a light in a room, and it.
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P9.83
"Early Morning"
First line: Inside this dream to come awake.
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P9.84
"Looking for You"
First line: Looking for you through the gray rain.
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P9.85
"Vespers"
First line: As the living pass, they bow.
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P9.86
"Smoke"
First line: Smoke’s way’s a good way - find.
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P9.87
"Meditation"
First line: Animals full of light.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
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P9.88
"Touch on Your Sleeve"
First line: Consider the slow descent.
Accepted for publication by: Country Journal.
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P9.89
"Woman at Banff (MS)"
First line: While she was talking a bear happened along.
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P9.90
"At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border"
First line: This is the field where the battle did not happen .
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P9.91
"Song Now"
First line: Guitar string is..
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P9.92
"Courtesy"
First line: If you crawled to my door (and you might-.
Accepted for publication by: Blue Beech.
6/1/78
P9.93
"Memorial Day"
First line: Said a blind fish loved that lake-.
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P9.94
"Assurance"
First line: You will never be alone, you hear so deep.
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P9.95
"Faculty Portraits"
First line: The old lady from the employment bureau.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
10/1/61
P9.96
"Dedication for The Voyageur, 1949"
First line: Students and faculty and Mr. President.
9/30/49
P9.97
"Plaque for a Minor College Building"
First line: The building you are in honors.
1/1/66
P9.98
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: Our town is haunted by many good deeds.
Accepted for publication by: Granta.
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P9.99
"At the Un-National Monument ..."
First line: This is the field where the battle did not happen.
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P9.100
"In Medias Res"
First line: On Main one night when they sounded the chimes.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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P9.101
"Last Love Song"
First line: Some of us were laughing.
11/1/74
P9.102
"Storm Warning"
First line: Something not the wind shakes along far.
Accepted for publication by: Rough Weather.
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P9.103
"Looking at a Pen"
First line: By ponds in the country around home, before.
Accepted for publication by: Ontario Review.
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P9.104
"At the Chairman’s Housewarming"
First line: Talk like a jellyfish can ruin a party.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review.
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P9.105
"Recoil"
First line: The bow bent remembers home long.
Accepted for publication by: Paris Review.
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P9.106
"Ask Me"
First line: Some time when the river is ice ask me.
Accepted for publication by: New Yorker.
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P9.107
"How I Escaped"
First line: A sign said, How to Be Wild-.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
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P9.108
"Not Very Loud"
First line: Now is the time of the moths that come.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
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P9.109
"Fanatic"
First line: He molded clay while he talked.
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P9.110
"Girl Who Died, Who Lived "
First line: Last Night an old sound came by chance.
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P9.111
"Kit’s Speech"
First line: We’d have an old car....
6/22/59
P9.112
"Catechism "
First line: Who challenged my soldier mother?.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
7/1/78
P9.113
"Birthright"
First line: No other heart has found the beat of mine.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
undated
P9.114
"My Mother Said"
First line: All day, deep in the mine.
undated
P9.115
"Birthright"
First line: No other heart has found the beat of mine.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
undated
P9.116
"Everything Twice"
First line: One time a green forest one time.
Accepted for publication by: Atlantic.
undated
P9.117
"Around You, Your House"
First line: I give you the rain, its long hollow.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
undated
P9.118
"Thinking About Being Called Simple By a Critic"
First line: I wanted the plums, but I waited..
Accepted for publication by: Chicago Review.
undated
P9.119
"If I Could Be Like Wallace Stevens"
First line: The octopus would be my model.
Accepted for publication by: Wallace Stevens Journal.
undated
P9.120
"One Night"
First line: A voice within my shadow wakened me.
Accepted for publication by: Canto.
undated
P9.121
"Broken Home"
First line: Here is a cup left empty in their.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
undated
P9.122
"One of the Fathers"
First line: He sentenced The North. There was no fugitive.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
6/1/79
P9.123
"Things Not in the Story"
First line: Most things are impossible - but I think.
Accepted for publication by: Pequod.
7/1/79
P9.124
"Our Neighborhood"
First line: Sam’s Mother.
Accepted for publication by: Paintbrush.
undated
P9.125
"Why We Need Fantasy"
First line: It’s a sensational story.
Accepted for publication by: Abraxas.
undated
P9.126
"Weather Report"
First line: Light wind at Grand Prairie, drifting snow. .
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P9.127
"Silent Partner"
First line: On Mars great storms rehearse through empty time..
2/1/79
P9.128
"Whispered into the Ground"
First line: Where the wind ended and we came down.
Accepted for publication by: American Poets in 1976.
undated
P9.129
"Those of Us Left"
First line: Some of us Indians used to have leaves.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
6/1/73
P9.130
"Many Things Are Hidden by the Light"
First line: Now I remember, leting the dark.
Accepted for publication by: Georgia Review.
undated
P9.131
"Nobody"
First line: Quiet when I come home, you.
Accepted for publication by: Ontario Review.
11/1/76
P9.132
"On the Poly Sci Bulletin Board"
First line: Wanted: for our study of truth.
Accepted for publication by: New Republic.
undated
P9.133
"Wovoka’s Witness"
First line: The people around me.
undated
P9.134
"Rich Man"
First line: I drink it for luck.
undated
P9.135
"Friend"
First line: For anyone, for anyone.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P9.136
"Love This Place"
First line: Love the earth like a mole.
undated
P9.137
"untitled"
First line: Remember T.J.?.
undated
P9.138
"Peace Walk"
First line: We wondered what our walk should mean.
Accepted for publication by: Focus/Midwest.
undated
P9.139
"In School"
First line: So the world can see into our eyes.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
7/1/68
P9.139
"Final Exam"
First line: Fill in blanks: Your name is.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
undated
P9.139
"At the Advanced Placement Conference"
First line: We teach ourselves how to teach others .
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
1/1/67
P9.139
"My Application"
First line: The committee bends over my trip.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
9/1/69
P9.139
"For Certain LIttle Magazines..."
First line: These bears that howl their wounds.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
2/1/64
P9.139
"New Family From Chicago"
First line: Their cat comes on litle fog feet.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
9/1/69
P9.139
"PMLA Biblio. Is Limited to Certain Printed Works"
First line: There are others, and mss..
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
undated
P9.140
"Kinship"
First line: In a wilderness at the end of a vine.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
undated
P9.140
"Winter Stories"
First line: Fields tell all they know.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
9/1/68
P9.140
"R.L. Stevenson Tree"
First line: Here under the trade wind that breaks off.
Accepted for publication by: Special Libraries.
11/1/67
P9.141
"Fanatic"
First line: He molded clay while he talked.
Accepted for publication by: Beachy .
undated
P9.142
"Any Time"
First line: Vacation? Our children took our love apart.
Accepted for publication by: Virginia Quarterly Review.
undated
P9.143
"B.C. (MS)"
First line: The seed that met water spoke a little name.
undated
P9.144
"Boom Town"
First line: Into any sound important.
undated
P9.145
"At Cove on the Crooked River"
First line: At Cove at our camp in the open canyon.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
undated
P9.146
"Truth Is the Only Way Home"
First line: A few that I’ve known knew I had to talk to them.
Accepted for publication by: Commonweal.
6/1/56
P9.147
"After the Beach Riots"
First line: Skin divers play guitars under the water.
Accepted for publication by: Portland.
7/1/64
P9.148
"Unacknowledged Legislators"
First line: Literature should be about itself: .
5/15/59
P9.149
"About Poetry"
First line: Present in the activity.
12/1/71
P9.150
"Documentary from America"
First line: When the presidential candidate came to our town.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
undated
P9.151
"Some Words for Hamlet"
First line: Listen-I lived by the river a long time.
Accepted for publication by: Lemming.
undated
P9.152
"On a Picture of Ava Gardner at Davidson University"
First line: What stings the wrong sense charges.
Accepted for publication by: Sumac.
undated
P9.153
"Fictions"
First line: They make a song for their dogs, up north.
Accepted for publication by: North American Review.
undated
P9.154
"Quaker at the Worldly College"
First line: I learn like a limousine, Sir Wisdom through.
Accepted for publication by: Critical Quarterly.
1/1/64
P9.155
"Stories You Tell"
First line: A clock falls on its face .
Accepted for publication by: Tar River Poets.
undated
P9.156
"No More School"
First line: No more school: The landscape has turned.
Accepted for publication by: Westigan Review.
9/1/69
P9.157
"At Liberty School"
First line: Girl in the front row who had no mother.
undated
P9.158
"Homecoming"
First line: Under my hat I custom you intricate, Ella.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
undated
P9.159
"Old Man by the Road"
First line: You young around me.
Accepted for publication by: New Letters.
undated
P9.160
"America"
First line: When a tree in the forest falls, it makes no.
Accepted for publication by: Small Farm .
11/30/74
P9.161
"Learning"
First line: A needle knows everything lengthwise.
Accepted for publication by: University of Portland Review.
undated
P9.162
"Dream"
First line: I scramble far to a niche.
Accepted for publication by: Phoenix.
2/9/69
P9.163
"Inland Murmur"
First line: In the Cimarron Hills.
Accepted for publication by: New Mexico Quarterly.
undated
P9.164
"It Is Always Now (MS)"
First line: In your life you have to watch out.
2/17/75
P9.165
"untitled"
First line: It was being brought down.
undated
P9.165
"untitled"
First line: The one high white line where.
undated
P9.166
"In the Night Desert"
First line: The Apache word for love twists.
5/1/76
P9.166
"At the Bomb Testing Site"
First line: At noon in the desert a panting lizard.
undated
P9.166
"Ultimate Problems"
First line: In the Aztec design God crowds.
undated
P9.166
"Gutters of Jackson: Cache Street North"
First line: Gum wrappers with nothing, Coors can.
undated
P9.166
"My Father: October 1942"
First line: He picks up what he thinks is.
undated
P9.166
"Outside"
First line: The least little sound sets the coyotes walking.
undated
P9.167
"untitled"
First line: A closing sequence....
undated
P9.168
"untitled"
First line: A Diversion....
undated
P9.169
"Early Massacre"
First line: Backward on the wagon.
Accepted for publication by: Sumac.
12/1/69
P9.170
"untitled"
First line: In sunlight one day....
undated
P9.171
"At the Un-National Monument... (MS)"
First line: This is the field where the battle did not happen.
undated
P9.172
"Some Days of Its Gift"
First line: It is a little day: no flags.
Accepted for publication by: Harper’s.
undated
P9.173
"Story for a Winter Night"
First line: Late one winter night in the North .
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P9.174
"Finding Out Something"
First line: It takes a long time, how cats learn to walk.
Accepted for publication by: Rapport.
7/1/75
P9.175
"Drummer Boy"
First line: An army in the dust.
Accepted for publication by: New Letters.
8/1/74
P9.176
"Day After Then"
First line: He adjusted the blinds for the morning sun.
Accepted for publication by: Kenyon Review.
2/12/63
P9.177
"Elegy"
First line: The responsible sound of the lawnmower.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review.
undated
P9.178
"Once They Believed These Mountains"
First line: And the wide forest surrounded.
10/1/69
P9.179
"Best Show in Vegas"
First line: The best show in Las Vegas was.
Accepted for publication by: This Issue.
5/1/70
P9.180
"Humble Petition"
First line: You pessimists.
Accepted for publication by: Rapport.
7/1/75
P9.181
"Best Show in Vegas"
First line: The best show in Las Vegas was.
Accepted for publication by: This Issue.
5/1/70
P9.182
"At the Sorting Room"
First line: Last night sorting old clothes for the poor.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review and New Signatures.
undated
P9.183
"Exorcism"
First line: Lest a dream I have make my life.
Accepted for publication by: Tri-Quarterly.
9/14/63
P9.184
"At a College Library Dedication [Arts Festival] [at La Grande]"
First line: The college on the hill, with horn-rimmed.
Accepted for publication by: Virginia Quarterly Review.
4/18/63
P9.185
"Bulletin"
First line: At five o’clock one morning according to the chart.
Accepted for publication by: Experiment.
7/31/50
P9.186
"Beaver People"
First line: Beaver people are trying to figure out the good water.
Accepted for publication by: Virginia Quarterly Review.
undated
P9.187
"Recessional (R. Kipling)"
First line: God of our fathers.
undated
P9.188
"Song Demonstrators in Mexico Sing in Troubled Parts of a City"
First line: Dear ones, watching us on any street.
undated
P9.189
"[Pioneer] Museum [at Tillamook] "
First line: Still faces on the wall: that look.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P9.190
"What I Heard Whispered at the Edge of Liberal, Kansas"
First line: Air waits for us.
undated
P9.191
"When We Were Poor"
First line: I had a comb.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
1/1/68
P9.192
"Program for Reading w/ Kim"
First line: W--Waiting for Something.
undated
P9.193
"untitled"
First line: Kit, standing by the dashboard....
undated
P9.194
"Why I Say Adios"
First line: From their wide, still country words.
undated
P9.195
"Little Girl by the Fence at School"
First line: Grass that was moving found all shades of brown.
Accepted for publication by: Audience.
undated
P9.196
"At the Metolius River"
First line: Water in that river.
undated
P9.197
"B.C. (MS)"
First line: The seed that met water spoke a little name.
undated

Box 5: Possible Poems for Publication, Submission Lists, and Workshop Materials, 1960s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box Box 5

381 items

Copies of poems being considered by Stafford for publication, along with abandoned poems and reading and workshop poems.

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Folder
P10
"Abandoned July, 1991," unpublished poems
66 items
item
P10.1
"At Jack’s House"
First line: That sound we knew, that we almost heard.
1/1/85
P10.2
"E Flat Minor"
First line: Any house has a little tone, maybe one chord.
3/27/91
P10.3
"Easter Walk in Utah"
First line: Whatever we seek may crawl toward us if we walk.
4/1/91
P10.4
"Berea"
First line: This place, hand-carved, is waiting for.
4/3/91
P10.5
"Accepting of Some Less Than Exemplary Conduct (MS)"
First line: In my wilderness dreams.
3/18/91
P10.6
"Overnight"
First line: All new, each flake.
12/19/90
P10.7
"Old Math"
First line: Let X be husband. This door here won’t open.
5/2/89
P10.8
"Drift of Incidents"
First line: On a package: :Leave me alone”.
1/10/90
P10.9
"Explaining My Character"
First line: Away off on the horizon my father waits.
3/1/91
P10.10
"Saints"
First line: South from Spanish Fork they walk.
2/26/90
P10.11
"Provisions"
First line: For the long March, I save what I can.
5/1/90
P10.12
"Something"
First line: It is heavy. You life it.
3/1/91
P10.13
"Accounting for All This"
First line: Because it was youth and my life.
10/22/90
P10.14
"We Little Poets"
First line: Some high bells pour too far.
6/24/44
P10.15
"Big Job"
First line: They try, with windows, with lights.
10/16/90
P10.16
"It Happens That"
First line: Most people sleep through the dreaming of.
2/18/91
P10.17
"Beside the Guest House Drive"
First line: Near a spruce beside the drive a gray.
2/11/91
P10.18
"Inquiries"
First line: Through a hole in the screen a vine.
undated
P10.19
"Innocence"
First line: My fingers found.
6/22/90
P10.20
"Lost and Found"
First line: Listen, stones, I’m home - don’t.
7/1/90
P10.21
"Evening Time"
First line: In old, after poor, we stranger.
8/1/90
P10.22
"Lemuel Gulliver Surveys the Twentieth Century"
First line: These lingering traditions of my tribe.
undated
P10.23
"Local Item"
First line: To God, nothing wanders. I know this.
8/18/90
P10.24
"Primitivity"
First line: In the beginning let the bloodhound loose on the trail.
7/17/90
P10.25
"Little Ducks"
First line: They see something move, they bond.
7/1/90
P10.26
"Meditation (MS)"
First line: The trees have invested so much in their part of the land.
7/18/90
P10.27
"untitled"
First line: These tumbleweeds tapped at my door.
8/1/90
P10.28
"Going Away"
First line: Friend-.
8/21/90
P10.29
"Walking the West [cf. Climbing Along the River]"
First line: Here comes the world some days when we set forth.
4/1/87
P10.30
"Some Creative Writing"
First line: Say a river came through town tomorrow.
3/1/86
P10.31
"From Here"
First line: Little trails outward through the grass.
4/5/90
P10.32
"Advice"
First line: When you get back home, please.
6/2/90
P10.33
"Russian Hill: Sitka"
First line: Dead grass folds over words meant to save.
6/13/89
P10.34
"My Award"
First line: The box, a gift, held nothing. Nor did.
12/1/89
P10.35
"At Layser Cave"
First line: Our heads bent over the floor, so rich.
6/8/90
P10.36
"People in a Room"
First line: They fold themselves in the middle and sit. Elbows.
3/8/90
P10.37
"September"
First line: These clear cool days teach me to stay.
9/1/86
P10.38
"Joseph’s Coat"
First line: For yellow use goldenrod, Mushrooms.
1/1/90
P10.39
"Walk with Dave"
First line: “Sourwood.” “Black Cherry. “ “Striped maple.”.
8/2/90
P10.40
"Word from Lightfoot"
First line: Rivers hurt stone.
2/22/89
P10.41
"Boxes"
First line: Father Box, a distinguished figure easily.
5/12/90
P10.42
"On Any Old Land an Oriole Bought for a Song"
First line: We bend the compass. This is.
8/1/64
P10.43
"Who Can Say?"
First line: Who can say “Just here.
12/1/64
P10.44
"Artist to the Homefolk"
First line: Something other shimmered for everybody else.
8/1/63
P10.45
"At the Mercersburg Academy"
First line: Excitedly heat from its radiator prison.
10/1/90
P10.46
"Lord Sandwich"
First line: Two slices of bread at a time.
12/1/90
P10.47
"Born Again"
First line: Even in a wilderness north is already decided.
11/25/90
P10.48
"untitled"
First line: Rain, my closest friend, enthusiastic.
8/5/90
P10.49
"Terrier Smell Ceremony"
First line: Nose extended, right forefoot lifted.
12/24/89
P10.50
"Doing Modern Art"
First line: I am this balance. If my ever becomes too.
11/10/85
P10.51
"Walking on Eggs"
First line: Something you say, or don’t say, going.
6/1/90
P10.52
"At Beloit Tonight"
First line: In their dark on campus the buildings pull back.
11/27/90
P10.53
"Dream that Seems to Me Emblematic Hoe to Write"
First line: I have bicycled....
10/8/90
P10.54
"Mi Sombrero"
First line: When the sun pours its light and heat.
3/3/91
P10.55
"Dark Glasses"
First line: Staring.
5/1/76
P10.56
"Apology for Tame Stories"
First line: Sheep in their dreams, or in expressions of.
7/1/90
P10.57
"Coffee with Uncle Bill"
First line: The face hardly changes. A corner of the mouth.
12/1/90
P10.58
"Epiphany"
First line: Can a few lifting ducks leave the water.
undated
P10.59
"Portrait"
First line: Framed in rough wood the father.
1/1/91
P10.60
"Tycoon"
First line: When I see a forest I see the lumber.
12/3/90
P10.61
"Written with My Airport Marriott Pen After the Banquet Honoring Presidential Scholars"
First line: In Miami, where the big screen.
1/13/91
P10.62
"My Award"
First line: The box, a gift, held nothing. Nor did.
12/1/89
P10.63
"Apologia pro Vita Sua"
First line: All those years when the wind made its whimper.
12/15/90
P10.64
"Last Calendar"
First line: Skip August. Skip that time a sound.
8/28/90
P10.65
"H2O"
First line: Connected.
12/1/90
P10.66
"Given , Taken Away"
First line: The wind waiting for you to get old.
6/28/90
P11
"Workshop": materials
20 items
item
P11.1
"Mozart"
First line: I really can say no more.
undated
P11.2
"For a City Child"
First line: Out in the country some of the things that happen.
undated
P11.3
"Further Questions and Issues from the Workshop"
First line: Whenever a poem hits....
10/23/87
P11.4
"For the Rosalee Rusoff Room"
First line: Someone gave this room a name.
10/23/87
P11.5
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes....
undated
P11.6
"Grooming a Poem After It Happens (9 copies)"
First line: Put your writing under a good light..
undated
P11.7
"More Questions Gleaned..."
First line: If you discern that your writing....
10/21/87
P11.8
"Questions Gleaned..."
First line: Is it possible to Identify....
10/19/87
P11.9
"Grooming a Poem"
First line: Examine your writing....
6/25/80
P11.10
"Getting Back to Mystery and Wonder (by WS?)"
First line: There are thought and feeling tricks....
undated
P11.12
"Appreciating Literature"
First line: Several uses of language:.
3/1/81
P11.13
"Craft Considered - Lecture (6 pgs, pg 6 missing)"
First line: Being a part of the series....
undated
P11.14
"Absences (MS)"
First line: Once when the waves were talking one said.
undated
P11.15
"Poetic Imagination - Lecture"
First line: An exploration of the relationship....
10/25/84
P11.16
"Another Twilight"
First line: Sometime you will be in a story.
undated
P11.16
"Commitment"
First line: When you go away and the sun crosses.
6/21/86
P11.17
"Incident"
First line: They had this cloud they kept like a zeppelin.
Accepted for publication by: Slow Loris Reader.
undated
P11.18
"Today’s Bread"
First line: These days, acrumb on the floor.
6/1/85
P11.19
"Serving with Gideon"
First line: Now I remember: in our town the druggist.
Accepted for publication by: American Poetry Review.
undated
P11.20
"Burning a Book"
First line: Protecting each other, right in the center.
Accepted for publication by: Field.
3/21/84
P12
"Workshop - Writing Ideas"
21 items
item
P12.1
"Attitudes Toward Art and Poetry (prose)"
First line: Liz Hauer wrote a poem.
undated
P12.2
"Tracking Yourself into a Poem Prose)"
First line: Poems are waiting to happen all the time.
undated
P12.3
"Some Writing Ideas (prose)"
First line: In your writing do you try.
5/30/79
P12.4
"Letting a Poem Happen (prose; 2 copies)"
First line: Poetry sparks forth from a potential.
6/23/80
P12.5
"Grooming a Poem After It Happens(2 copies)"
First line: Put your writing under a good light.
undated
P12.6
"Megan’s piece: written as a poem first"
First line: An Algerian grandmother.
undated
P12.7
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes....
undated
P12.8
"Questions for Panel Discussion"
First line: A Poem’s Contents....
undated
P12.9
"Tracking Yourself into a Poem"
First line: Poems are waiting to happen....
undated
P12.10
"Grooming the Poem That Is Almost Ready (2 copies)"
First line: Put your poem under a good light.
undated
P12.11
"One Time (MS copy)"
First line: When evening had flowed between houses.
undated
P12.12
"Realities of Regionalism (lecture)"
First line: Our home place....
10/28/81
P12.13
"Literary Heritage of the American West"
First line: Setting and implications....
10/30/81
P12.14
"For Oregon Poetry Day (poem)"
First line: So provincial in time....
10/20/79
P12.15
"Distinction of Art - or, Our Involvement with ‘The Creative’"
First line: Critics, teachers, all of us....
undated
P12.16
"Given Who You Are, What Can You Do? (2 pp.)"
First line: Sometimes I glimpse....
undated
P12.17
"Hazards in Trying to Excel p.3"
First line: e) Renouncing....
undated
P12.18
"Doing the Job (title of talk: Lightening the Load)"
First line: Teaching a Career?.
3/11/78
P12.19
"Not to be interrupted"
First line: Translator?.
undated
P12.20
"untitled"
First line: If you can get dumb enough....
undated
P12.21
"Gesture Toward an Unfound Renaissance (talk; 6pp)"
First line: We keep on looking....
undated
P13
[Multiple copies]: Making Best Use (8), Letting a Poem Happen, Grooming a Poem(8)
30 items
item
P13.1
"untitled"
First line: Multiple copies of three workshop handouts.
undated
P14
[Workshop materials, mostly 80s]
34 items
item
P14.1
"You can’t teach... (poem by W. McDonald)"
First line: I had a red dog.
undated
P14.2
"Napoleon (poem by Holub)"
First line: Children, when was.
undated
P14.3
"(note card)"
First line: Writing - the practice.
undated
P14.4
"World and Yellow Cars (5pp.)"
First line: An attitude prevalent today....
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P14.5
"Subliminal Courtesy"
First line: People of accomplishment....
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P14.6
"Correspondence w/ Michael Cuddihy about “Improving Your Dreams"
First line: Your voice alerted...
11/28/83
P14.7
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Take some time....
undated
P14.8
"Letter (2cc.) from Dennis Clark, SunStone, on poems (Graffiti, Interrupting the Boss, Library, Important Things at Sun River)"
First line: John passed on to me.
10/21/82
P14.9
"Globescope"
First line: Grass is our flag. It whispers, “Asia”.
8/7/82
P14.10
"Morning in June: poem written in Malcolm Glass workshop"
First line: Cowbird,” someone said. I was.
6/24/80
P14.11
"Some Writing Ideas"
First line: In your writing....
5/30/79
P14.12
"Heard Under a Tin Sign at Cannon Beach"
First line: I am the wind. Long ago.
6/1/74
P14.13
"Grooming a Poem After It Happens"
First line: Put your writing under a good light.
undated
P14.14
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes.
undated
P14.15
"Gleanings from the workshop, Tulsa, March 1980"
First line: The stance of a writer....
undated
P14.16
"There are many kinds of poems. Each kind has hazards and opportunities"
First line: 1) It expresses a feeling of awe.
undated
P14.17
"My Craft Lecture"
First line: If you research....
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P14.18
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes.
undated
P14.19
"Our Craft: Sacramento, Sept. 1986"
First line: Of course when we meet....
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P14.20
"Questions gleaned from Workshop 19 Oct 87"
First line: Is it possible to identify....
10/19/87
P14.21
"Further Questions and Issues from the Workshop 23 Oct 87"
First line: Whenever a poem hits strongly....
10/23/87
P14.22
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes....
undated
P14.23
"Some Notes on Writing (Talk, p.1)"
First line: As you know, my poems are organically grown....
undated
P14.24
"Questions Gleaned... (Yalk, p.2)"
First line: Is it possible to identify....
10/19/87
P14.25
"Further Questions... (Talk, p.3)"
First line: Whenever a poem hits on....
10/23/87
P14.26
"Talk, p.4)"
First line: People “need to express....
undated
P14.27
"Carol Rainey Letter (Talk, p.6)"
First line: The experience of prayer....
undated
P14.28
"Talk, p.7"
First line: Three quotes from Milton.
undated
P14.29
"Positive ambition of free verse (Talk, p.8)"
First line: Find for each motion.
undated
P14.30
"Our Craft (Talk, p.10)"
First line: Of course when we meet....
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P14.31
"Careless Writing"
First line: Mistakes come from somewhere.
undated
P14.32
"Talk, p.12"
First line: We must unlearn what educated people know.
undated
P14.33
"Course in Creative Writing (Talk, p.15)"
First line: They want a wilderness with a map.
undated
P14.34
"Positive ambition of free verse (card)"
First line: Find for each motion.
undated
P15
[Possibles, late 70s and 80s;] 5 pp. of poem submission lists
82 items
item
P15.1
"untitled"
First line: Eyes of a snow leopard see, not the end.
12/1/87
P15.2
"From a Front Window"
First line: In a big house on the hill a woman.
3/9/85
P15.3
"For a Quiet Husband"
First line: Your words, anticipated often.
1/1/88
P15.4
"Initiation"
First line: It was my turn. Friends had gone.
9/1/79
P15.5
"Down by the River"
First line: You can watch the current forever and still.
5/1/87
P15.6
"At the Game Refuge"
First line: Life is lived far away, not htis near scene.
4/1/87
P15.7
"Lake Oswego"
First line: Quiet at night our town waits. In dark.
1/1/87
P15.8
"Humdrum"
First line: Day only has air to work with, and a little.
5/1/87
P15.9
"From Yukon Drive"
First line: Lights glow at the end of paths.
6/1/87
P15.10
"Garden City"
First line: No matter how quickly my thought.
5/1/87
P15.11
"Representatives for Snow"
First line: How shall we spend this best election day?.
11/1/79
P15.12
"Someone’s Birthday"
First line: Along our creek in the first gray light.
1/1/87
P15.13
"Through Long Practice"
First line: You can swing in an arc and aim.
9/30/87
P15.14
"Kit’s Place"
First line: Over by Bend on a hill.
5/1/87
P15.15
"Our Kind of River"
First line: Often a current in this river loops.
5/1/87
P15.16
"For Their Five Cats and Joel and Joan"
First line: These millionaires of smell and hearing.
4/3/87
P15.17
"Taking It Easy"
First line: Warm, snug for the moment, considering your aptitude.
12/1/86
P15.18
"Suspense"
First line: By now so much has happened elsewhere.
3/1/87
P15.19
"Regret"
First line: Please tell me again my weaknesses, explain.
8/1/86
P15.20
"First Term"
First line: The milling around is over; the steady part.
10/1/86
P15.21
"Escaping from Now"
First line: When the soldiers came, no matter whose, they.
8/1/86
P15.22
"Morning Country"
First line: This country has interesting faces. This country.
5/1/86
P15.23
"Every Evening"
First line: Time looks out of a rock, then closes.
1/1/82
P15.24
"East Wind"
First line: A leaf like a brown hand.
12/6/84
P15.25
"Leaning After a Friend"
First line: It is different, you see, when you meet somebody.
3/9/85
P15.26
"Wildlife"
First line: Crosscountry, down from timberline, an Indian.
12/1/85
P15.27
"Guarantee"
First line: Till the dream comes true called death, mostly.
5/1/79
P15.28
"Comeuppance"
First line: Whatever I said that you didn’t like.
4/1/79
P15.29
"Leaving"
First line: Though times was past, it wasn’t Ann.
5/1/79
P15.30
"Forgetting a Name, a Face"
First line: You faces that said good things, often.
5/1/79
P15.31
"At the Wedding of Laura Solfe and Michael Pauly, Ty Redfield’s Farm, Sisters"
First line: Oft it befalls.
9/9/79
P15.32
"Sidelong Glances"
First line: Little things about your life, like “Whether you.
11/1/78
P15.33
"Hunting What Is"
First line: There are days when everything waits - you run.
8/2/79
P15.34
"Getting Along with Someone"
First line: When you are on balance about some commitment.
9/1/78
P15.35
"Where Poems Come From"
First line: Somebody asks a question, you enter.
3/1/78
P15.36
"Identity"
First line: Because you see or hear these words.
6/1/79
P15.37
"Wanderer"
First line: Dragging my bones, my spirit.
3/9/85
P15.38
"Something for the Blind"
First line: Right now if you look up, there will be the world.
12/1/86
P15.39
"Brothers"
First line: Before anyone came home we all decided.
6/1/84
P15.40
"Leading a Wagon Train West"
First line: Say you are camped. It is evening.
3/1/86
P15.41
"November"
First line: When the drifting years had covered you.
9/11/86
P15.42
"Closing a Chapter"
First line: What you say next, alerted by.
12/1/86
P15.43
"Just to Tell You"
First line: At a summit north of Medicine Bow.
9/13/86
P15.44
"Cri de Coeur"
First line: Listen - once in the time of glaciers.
8/25/86
P15.45
"How It Goes: Perry Mason"
First line: Tragg knows the drill - fingerprints, interviews.
7/1/83
P15.46
"Coming Back [At Minnesota’s University]"
First line: Momentous events flowed round us.
12/9/85
P15.47
"At Minnesota’s University"
First line: Momentous events flow round us.
3/18/83
P15.48
"Dove Called, and"
First line: In that other life a woman came up.
2/1/86
P15.49
"Mockingbird"
First line: Late when the moon begins the smooth.
6/11/85
P15.50
"You Never Know"
First line: My mind runs a movie, sometimes.
7/1/86
P15.51
"Chairman: an Unofficial Life"
First line: It went like this: they discovered some tracks.
7/1/86
P15.52
"Trying to Perceive"
First line: Disguise is the real, a veil.
11/8/85
P15.53
"Art Work at Banff"
First line: On its platform, a promontory of steel.
8/1/86
P15.54
"Bullied by a Method"
First line: The pretended questions of Socrates.
7/11/85
P15.55
"Honda"
First line: Here is what the car sang in Wyoming.
11/4/85
P15.56
"Glimpsed, Overheard, Followed"
First line: Like my parents, I must find a way through the mountains.
11/13/85
P15.57
"Meditation on Crab Creek"
First line: Tributaries avoid this water. All the way.
7/1/86
P15.58
"My Feet"
First line: Shoes can’t fully disguise those little.
12/30/84
P15.59
"Afterthoughts"
First line: When a woman begins to unravel.
2/1/86
P15.60
"On the Trail to Big Lake"
First line: Confiding to red stones and white, Cold Spring softly.
10/7/85
P15.61
"Passing Seventy"
First line: A cavern inside your life begins to shiver.
1/1/86
P15.62
"Dangling Participles"
First line: She was like one of those marble people in Rome.
2/1/86
P15.63
"Events"
First line: A dancing spider with most exact.
2/1/86
P15.64
"At Night the World"
First line: The world is bigger at night. At night.
2/1/86
P15.65
"On Guard"
First line: If people stay far enough away.
2/1/86
P15.66
"Surviving"
First line: Even on a clear day fog.
1/1/86
P15.67
"Free Verse"
First line: A narrow river, but deep, convinced by boulders.
1/1/86
P15.68
"Vita Page - the Real Message"
First line: Vital, strong, handsome, I will.
6/4/85
P15.69
"Something This Way Comes"
First line: The first person to know turns.
9/1/85
P15.70
"Three Pieces of Time"
First line: There’s a cave with a carved rock in it, a place.
1/11/83
P15.71
"Japanese Workmen"
First line: My boots with separate big toes help me.
9/1/84
P15.72
"Finally on This Morning"
First line: After everyone has become a success, after the plans.
1/1/86
P15.73
"Place Where We Still Are"
First line: Time keeps us apart now. If only that way.
8/8/86
P15.74
"Submission list"
First line: Worcester Review.
6/25/88
P15.75
"Submission list"
First line: Joseph Epstein, American Scholar.
1/12/77
P15.76
"Postcard from Bend"
First line: All ready for a story in the stormy mountains.
undated
P15.77
"Slow Pulse"
First line: Alone, alone, alone.
2/4/78
P15.78
"Submission list"
First line: Marcia Southwick.
10/22/80
P15.79
"Submission list"
First line: Literature & Belief.
5/30/84
P15.80
"Submission list"
First line: Pendragon.
2/21/81
P15.81
"Submission list"
First line: Edward Lynsky.
1/3/84
P15.82
"Submission list"
First line: Stuart Wright.
11/20/82
P16
Reading folder
7 items
item
P16.1
"Near"
First line: Talking along in our not quite prose way.
undated
P16.2
"After a Cold Goodby"
First line: Something you should have done, or not done.
Accepted for publication by: Clockwatch Review.
7/1/83
P16.3
"How It Is With Family"
First line: Let’s assume you have neglected to write.
undated
P16.4
"Deciding"
First line: One mine the Indians worked had.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P16.5
"One of the Stories"
First line: A square of color on Rayl’s Hill.
undated
P16.6
"Girl Daddy Used to Know"
First line: Winter adopted her.
Accepted for publication by: Tar River Poets.
undated
P16.7
"Something I Was Thinking About"
First line: If anything ever happns to time again.
undated
P17
[Reading materials, etc., all dates]
39 items
item
P17.1
"untitled"
First line: Note from Patty Wixon.
10/8/84
P17.2
"Creative Writing"
First line: Creative Writing course syllabus.
undated
P17.3
"(piece of extremely incorrect prose)"
First line: The disaster of after-noon.
undated
P17.4
"lecture notes"
First line: the texture of actuality.
7/1/82
P17.5
"Norman crucifix poem tranl. Charles Causley"
First line: I am the great sun.
undated
P17.6
"Seeing It As Art: U of Idaho (MS copy)"
First line: It spreads over some hills, the gym.
9/16/82
P17.7
"Calling Deep Springs (MS copy)"
First line: A skunk, or some good plant that knows.
10/4/82
P17.8
"Letter"
First line: Dear Governor.
undated
P17.9
"Simple Talk"
First line: Spilling themselves in the sun bluebirds.
undated
P17.10
"In a Corner"
First line: Walls hold each other up when they meet.
Accepted for publication by: Michigan Quarterly Review.
undated
P17.11
"What Does a Poet Do?"
First line: By force of thought I lean against.
4/15/81
P17.12
"Salvaged Parts"
First line: Fire took the house. Black bricks.
Accepted for publication by: Three Rivers Poetry Journal.
undated
P17.13
"Winding Way"
First line: They use even blindness, become vessels.
11/25/80
P17.14
"Owyhee Canyon"
First line: After we climbed out of the whirlpool, survivors.
Accepted for publication by: Chariton Review.
12/10/81
P17.15
"untitled"
First line: A champion of liberation left this house in a mess.
undated
P17.16
"Craft Phrasings "
First line: Upset people say poetic things.
undated
P17.17
"Long Distance"
First line: We didn’t know at the time. It was.
undated
P17.18
"Hi-Fi"
First line: This little quail sound means evening.
Accepted for publication by: Willow Springs.
1/1/81
P17.19
"Megan’s piece"
First line: It’s the small things now....
undated
P17.20
"Where Do The Words Come From?"
First line: A student may go to a carpenter....
undated
P17.21
"Perspectives"
First line: If Jesus or Buddha or one of the saints came.
undated
P17.22
"Statement About Making Literature"
First line: A person can tell about an event....
11/1/78
P17.23
"Volkswagen"
First line: I heard that un-engine up front.
undated
P17.24
"Earth Dweller"
First line: It was all the clods at once become.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
undated
P17.25
"Passport"
First line: This passport your face (not you.
undated
P17.26
"Finding the Way"
First line: We got used to it on earth, having sunlight.
1/1/81
P17.27
"Mother’s Day"
First line: Peg said “This one,” and we bought it.
undated
P17.28
"Last Night (MS copy)"
First line: As the sun went down an arrow of light.
9/17/82
P17.29
"For the Governor (4 copies)"
First line: Heartbeat by heartbeat our governor tours.
undated
P17.30
"NW Book”, “Peace Book”"
First line: Lists of titles.
undated
P17.31
"Farewell at a Writers’ Conference"
First line: As you go out, notice the barrel by the door.
7/1/81
P17.32
"For a Discussion of Wallace Stevens"
First line: Close your eyes....
undated
P17.33
"Looking at an Old School Album"
First line: Now in steady light I hold.
7/1/78
P17.34
"To Recite Every Day"
First line: This bread is rye. Many places.
Accepted for publication by: Plainsong.
undated
P17.35
"Looking at a Pen"
First line: By ponds in the country around home, before.
Accepted for publication by: Ontario Review.
undated
P17.36
"In Medias Res"
First line: On Main one night when they sounded the chimes.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P17.37
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Take some time....
undated
P17.38
"Making Best Use of a Workshop"
First line: Please write notes....
undated
P17.39
"About Literature"
First line: Petrarch said Aristotle wrote ethics....
1/7/81
P18
[Miscellaneous reading materials]
44 items
item
P18.1
"Answers to questions on being western"
First line: When I write....
undated
P18.2
"Song Now"
First line: Guitar string is..
undated
P18.3
"On Their Blindness"
First line: When I consider hw Milton is spent on ears.
Accepted for publication by: Open Places.
6/1/77
P18.4
"Time Goes By"
First line: On a corner you meet a face. It follows you.
Accepted for publication by: Writers Forum.
undated
P18.5
"Notes of two talks on Mod. Poetry (2 cards)"
First line: Modern poets....
undated
P18.6
"Story That Could Be True"
First line: If you were exchanged in the cradle and.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P18.7
"My Party the Rain"
First line: Loves upturned faces, laves everybody.
undated
P18.8
"School Play"
First line: You were a princess, lost; I.
undated
P18.9
"On a Street in Portland [Salmon Street]"
First line: Serving far here in the world.
11/15/83
P18.10
"Reaching Out to Turn On a Lamp"
First line: Every lamp that approves its foot.
4/19/67
P18.10
"Renegade"
First line: My brother came home in darkness.
undated
P18.10
"Remembering Mountain Men"
First line: I put my foot in cold water.
undated
P18.11
"Letting You Go"
First line: Day brings what is going to be. Trees.
undated
P18.12
"Fiction"
First line: We would get a map of our farm as big.
undated
P18.13
"Long Distance"
First line: We didn’t know at the time. It was.
undated
P18.14
"One Time"
First line: When evening had flowed between houses.
undated
P18.15
"Storm Warning"
First line: Something not the wind shakes along far.
undated
P18.16
"Madge"
First line: Or you could do it, the speech I mean.
undated
P18.17
"Ghalib Decides to Be Reticent"
First line: There is a question I would like to ask.
Accepted for publication by: Light Year.
undated
P18.17
"Ghazal IV of Ghalib"
First line: No more campaigns.
undated
P18.18
"untitled"
First line: My name is William Tell.
undated
P18.19
"Bi-Focal"
First line: Sometime up out of this land.
undated
P18.20
"Dream of Now"
First line: When you wake to the dream of now.
Accepted for publication by: Milkweed Chronicle.
undated
P18.21
"Austere Hope, Daily Faith"
First line: Even a villain sleeps - atrocities.
Accepted for publication by: Thistle.
undated
P18.22
"Letting a Poem Happen"
First line: Poetry sparks forth....
6/23/80
P18.23
"Topics on Writing and on Poems"
First line: A writer is a person who writes.
6/1/76
P18.24
"Rx Creative Writing: Identity"
First line: You take this pill, a new world.
Accepted for publication by: Writer’s Digest.
undated
P18.25
"Witness"
First line: This is the hand I dipped in the Missouri.
Accepted for publication by: Tennessee Poetry Journal.
undated
P18.26
"Gesture Toward an Unfound Renaissance"
First line: There was the slow girl in art class.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Australia.
undated
P18.27
"Early Morning"
First line: Inside this dream to come awake.
undated
P18.28
"Years Ago Off Juneau"
First line: It looked all right on the map, where the channel jagged.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
7/2/81
P18.29
"Someone, Somewhere"
First line: Not you, standing with your host by a window talking.
12/11/81
P18.30
"Why We Need Fantasy"
First line: It’s a sensational story.
Accepted for publication by: Abraxas.
undated
P18.31
"For Someone Who Said Boo to Me"
First line: Now the good times come: if you can get scared enough.
undated
P18.32
"Reading the Big Weather (MS copy)"
First line: Mornings we see our breath. Weeds.
9/15/82
P18.33
"Our Cave"
First line: Because it was good, we were afraid.
undated
P18.34
"Late Call"
First line: When Jeanie called me, my life was easy.
Accepted for publication by: Pterandadon.
undated
P18.35
"Camped in the Mountains"
First line: A pulse that stilled in iron is ready.
Accepted for publication by: Two Magpie Press.
5/12/82
P18.36
"Notes (2 pp.) of talk"
First line: Mine is the song.
6/26/83
P18.37
"Back Home"
First line: The girl who used to sing in the choir.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
undated
P18.38
"Accepting Surpise (poem by Michael Hogan?)"
First line: The right mistakes - that rich moment.
7/1/75
P18.39
"Poets’ Annual Indigence Report"
First line: Tonight beyond the determined moon.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Northwest.
undated
P18.40
"Words, Books, and Stories"
First line: Hagar” was one. The world.
undated
P18.41
"Rain in the Mountains"
First line: First, they show a lake, from right down.
undated
P18.42
"Through the Junipers"
First line: In the afternoon I wander away through.
undated
P18.42
"Traveling through the Dark"
First line: Traveling through the dark I found a deer.
undated
P18.43
"In the Oregon Country"
First line: From Old Fort Walla Walla and the Klickitats.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P18.44
"Animal that Drank Up Sound"
First line: One day across the lake where echoes come now.
Accepted for publication by: Atlantic.
undated
P19
27 pages of poem submission lists
27 items
item
P19.1-19.27
poem submission lists, ‘62-’72
27 pages
undated
P20
[Poems for readings]
54 items
item
P20.1
"Reaching Out to Turn On a Light"
First line: Every lamp that approves its foot.
4/19/67
P20.2
"At the Grave of My Brother"
First line: The mirror cared less and less at the last, but.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P20.3
"Aunt Mabel"
First line: Our town is haunted by many good deeds.
Accepted for publication by: Granta.
undated
P20.4
"Listening"
First line: My father could hear a little animal step.
Accepted for publication by: Talisman.
undated
P20.5
"Star in the Hills"
First line: A star hit in the hills behind our house.
Accepted for publication by: Harper’s.
undated
P20.6
"B.C. [Soft Answers]"
First line: The seed that met water spoke a little name.
Accepted for publication by: New Orleans Poetry Journal.
undated
P20.7
"Lit Instructor"
First line: Day after day up there beating my wings.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review.
undated
P20.8
"At the Klamath Berry Festival"
First line: The war chief danced the old way.
Accepted for publication by: Mt. Shasta Selections.
undated
P20.9
"Walk in the Country"
First line: To walk anywhere in the world, to live.
undated
P20.10
"Monuments for a Frriendly Girl at a Tenth Grade Party"
First line: The only relics left are those long.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P20.11
"At This Point on the Page"
First line: Frightened at the slope of the writing, I looked up.
undated
P20.12
"Some Shadows"
First line: You would not want too reserved a speaker.
Accepted for publication by: Compass Review.
undated
P20.13
"Message from the Wanderer"
First line: Today outside your prison I stand.
undated
P20.14
"War Monuments"
First line: Coventry makes its gutted church.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
9/1/62
P20.15
"To a Colleague Fulbrighting in Finland"
First line: Our near course ends with you gone far.
9/1/57
P20.16
"After Class"
First line: After class, that knotted hurt the mind.
9/1/65
P20.17
"Day I Got the Good Idea"
First line: Had the right amount of rain, wind pushing it.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P20.18
"Even Now"
First line: Wherever I go such winter shakes our town.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
8/1/61
P20.19
"Prologue for a Tragedy"
First line: This is the queen, who will die.
2/1/66
P20.20
"Real Truth But Not an Indictment of Any Governor"
First line: Here comes the Governor’s limousine cruising at seventy.
Accepted for publication by: Seattle Magazine.
3/1/63
P20.21
"Walk to Chihuahua"
First line: On the walk to Chihuahua Father Hidalgo.
8/1/64
P20.22
"Requiem"
First line: Mother is gone. Bird songs wouldn’t let her breathe.
Accepted for publication by: Paris Review.
undated
P20.23
"At the Art Institute"
First line: Heroes who thought they won.
Accepted for publication by: Arena.
undated
P20.24
"On an Island in the San Juans"
First line: Rabbits here have chosen their holes.
7/1/61
P20.25
"Fellow Poet[s"
First line: We hurry to the spent, spun river.
undated
P20.26
"Ultimate Problems"
First line: In the Aztec design God crowds.
undated
P20.27
"Successful Person"
First line: Invent your life; assemble it by string.
Accepted for publication by: Kenyon Rev Fall ‘63.
10/1/62
P20.28
"Scenario"
First line: Wind says “Great Slave Lake” as it slides by our house.
Accepted for publication by: Kenyon Review.
3/1/63
P20.29
"Still Life"
First line: On our way somewhere we sat at this table.
Accepted for publication by: Approach.
6/6/56
P20.30
"Gulls Near the Bay"
First line: Flannel pieces of gull come toward the school.
Accepted for publication by: Approach.
10/29/56
P20.31
"When We Looked Back"
First line: The most present of all the watchers where we camped.
Accepted for publication by: New Yorker.
4/1/56
P20.32
"Lone Rider"
First line: Leaving behind the slow wagons.
Accepted for publication by: Inland.
3/18/51
P20.33
"Hero"
First line: When he tasted the banquet.
Accepted for publication by: New Orleans Poetry Journal.
1/27/48
P20.34
"Word in the Snow"
First line: On snow that winter fastened across our state.
Accepted for publication by: Ladies' Home Journal.
1/1/59
P20.35
"Art and Evidence"
First line: Where the man had camped, where he worked.
Accepted for publication by: Etchings.
8/1/61
P20.36
"Elegy for Arthur L. Throckmorton, a History Teacher"
First line: Birds at the cemetery sing as wise as they can.
12/1/62
P20.37
"Home Place"
First line: That grit farm land grain by grain.
Accepted for publication by: Colorado Quarterly.
2/1/53
P20.38
"Overhearing at a California College"
First line: On a dark pivot the talk veers.
Accepted for publication by: Recurrence.
1/1/54
P20.39
"Returned to Say"
First line: When I face north a lost Cree.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry Book Society.
undated
P20.40
"Chickens the Weasel Killed"
First line: A passerby being fair about sacrifice.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P20.41
"Not Being an Actor"
First line: In the wild we find animals various as thought.
Accepted for publication by: Northwest Review.
2/1/57
P20.42
"At Benediction"
First line: How to compose my face? My shoulders.
Accepted for publication by: Nation.
5/1/62
P20.43
"S. Freud, Alcove 7, U. Library [Leads]"
First line: Saved by forgetting or neglect, aloud.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
1/25/52
P20.44
"You Too"
First line: Down from rock to shale to sand.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
5/14/60
P20.45
"Sunset: Southwest"
First line: In front of the courthous holding the adaptable flag.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P20.46
"Walking West"
First line: Anyone with quiet pace who.
Accepted for publication by: Hudson Review.
undated
P20.47
"Fallen"
First line: Over the mountain tonight sparrows will fall.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review.
2/5/50
P20.48
"On the Moon"
First line: It is so quiet on the moon.
Accepted for publication by: Western Humanities Review.
12/31/50
P20.49
"Outside"
First line: The least little sound sets the coyotes walking.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review.
undated
P20.50
"Near the Presidio"
First line: Before anyone spoke.
Accepted for publication by: Inland.
8/1/56
P20.51
"Lore"
First line: Dogs that eat fish edging tidewater die.
Accepted for publication by: Saturday Review.
undated
P20.52
"Following"
First line: There dwelt in a cave, and winding I thought lower.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P20.53
"Action"
First line: The bolo’s a knife you grab at the awkward end .
Accepted for publication by: New Mexico Quarterly.
undated
P20.54
"At the Old Place"
First line: The beak of dawn’s rooster pecked.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P21
"Duplicate copies, for various purposes" [mostly reading]: "Published & OK"
14 items
item
P21.1
"Night Words"
First line: My hand invented sorrow.
Accepted for publication by: Fiddlehead.
1/1/47
P21.2
"Incident"
First line: While the sun is blaming Nevada.
Accepted for publication by: The Bridge & Grundtvig Review.
2/1/53
P21.3
"Bridge for Eden"
First line: Often in quick ignorance I have put out a hand.
Accepted for publication by: Contact.
undated
P21.4
"untitled"
First line: Submission list to Houghton Mifflin.
4/29/58
P21.5
"May 30, 1948 (High Water)"
First line: We saw the Sunday morning bodies.
5/30/48
P21.6
"Vine Maple"
First line: There was a tree surprised by light.
undated
P21.7
"Our People"
First line: Under the killdeer cry.
Accepted for publication by: Western Review.
undated
P21.8
"Communion at Lunch"
First line: Eating my snadwich (little but bread these days.
12/1/59
P21.9
"Walking with Walter Mead at Santa Barbara"
First line: Each time too late, we saw.
7/1/64
P21.10
"Report on the Trip"
First line: We crossed at Mexicali, breathed.
8/1/64
P21.11
"On Being Invited to a Testimonial Dinner"
First line: We are trained and quiet intellectuals.
Accepted for publication by: Liberation.
2/1/56
P21.12
"Walking with the Blind Girl"
First line: We enter a hall in the music building.
1/1/66
P21.13
"Mouse Night - One of Our Games"
First line: We heard thunder. Nothing great - on high.
Accepted for publication by: Poetry.
undated
P21.14
"For the Grave of Daniel Boone"
First line: The farther he went the farther home grew.
Accepted for publication by: Botteghe Oscura and Oregon Signatures.
undated
P22
[Possibles] some unpublished
12 items
item
P22.1
"Carvings at Kathmandu"
First line: Here you find wonder - carved, surprised.
1/1/72
P22.2
"Sitka"
First line: Distance lived here once; then real time.
5/6/83
P22.3
"Lake Shikotsu"
First line: This lake still boils where Genghis Khan.
9/1/84
P22.4
"Birthday Gift - 1916 - for Dorothy"
First line: Tree rings that year are wide. Count back.
1/7/82
P22.5
"untitled"
First line: Winter comes too often, its eye.
1/1/82
P22.6
"How to Attend a Party"
First line: Your tunnel through the years meets mine, waterways.
12/1/86
P22.7
"Identity"
First line: Once you put Climber on a pole.
11/1/86
P22.8
"Planning the Shower"
First line: Of course Jane. And of course.
2/18/86
P22.9
"Seeing Someone from the Past"
First line: Often when the moon goes by shuddering.
6/1/85
P22.10
"Tour of the Neighborhood (2 pages)"
First line: Start with Phil and Sally.
12/13/78
P22.11
"For Ponce de Leon"
First line: In Florida the land even when it lies there.
11/10/85
P22.12
"M.L. Rosenthal, Poetry and the Common Life"
First line: Review by WS .
Accepted for publication by: American Literature.
undated
P23
"Possibles 18 Sept. 79. I gave up on these 15 Dec. 92"
52 items
item
P23.1
"Stranger in Warsaw "
First line: In the gutter’s museum a drift of old.
9/26/91
P23.2
"Don’t Worry"
First line: You think I’m gone?.
11/7/92
P23.3
"Being Alive"
First line: At the waterfront we talk into the evening.
9/6/92
P23.4
"Sixth Grade Art"
First line: The depot looms with its bricks and a Santa Fe.
4/16/92
P23.5
"Bio"
First line: The heart counted easy math.
undated
P23.6
"Coming Awake"
First line: Doves have discovered sorrow. They tell it.
4/29/92
P23.7
"Outside Krakow"
First line: Let the next picture be a vast room.
5/26/92
P23.8
"Afterward"
First line: That first breath afterward hurt.
5/14/92
P23.9
"Ann"
First line: You are the one in geography who spun.
5/1/92
P23.10
"Evenings"
First line: Breathe in as people do: try it. Now.
9/10/91
P23.11
"Three Friends: Wires/Tires/Fires"
First line: What wires know, when they traverse.
6/1/91
P23.12
"Souvenirs in the Attic"
First line: A Jacket, an old hat, a torn part of .
5/1/92
P23.13
"Early Start"
First line: Touch awake the engine. Roll away - little.
4/14/92
P23.14
"Bad Blood - for Beth"
First line: Nobody judges us. Out here in the mountains.
3/11/92
P23.15
"Connections - for Joanne"
First line: They curl around, making a valley.
3/11/92
P23.16
"Compassion Fascists (prose)"
First line: These presences....
5/1/92
P23.17
"Way It Is"
First line: Those people we love.
6/1/85
P23.18
"Big Opera"
First line: A few preliminary remarks.
8/26/91
P23.19
"Way of Art"
First line: Before music, when the world only happened.
5/16/90
P23.20
"Neighbors"
First line: Beyond our house near the mountains.
6/30/91
P23.21
"This Place"
First line: This place feels right. They say.
2/6/92
P23.22
"How It Is with Water"
First line: When Sun heard about snow, everything got quiet.
1/23/91
P23.23
"Big Job"
First line: They try, with windows, with lights.
10/16/90
P23.24
"Illness, Age, One of Us"
First line: A person close to us, a part of the family.
4/9/92
P23.25
"Days Like This"
First line: What’s left lies out there spread for.
4/1/92
P23.26
"Evasions"
First line: When I travel my name is Hurtle.
8/19/91
P23.27
"Finding These Poems"
First line: Many a constellation passed over.
10/1/84
P23.28
"Think About It"
First line: You can’t feel or measure that first touch.
2/24/92
P23.29
"World, Getting Old"
First line: Have you noticed the world lately? How it.
7/1/80
P23.30
"You Know That Little Drum?"
First line: You know that little drum in your breast all the time?.
6/1/91
P23.31
"Need"
First line: Here on earth you would think.
undated
P23.32
"Ghosts"
First line: By late at night people forget. They close.
12/1/87
P23.33
"January"
First line: Ice crosses the pond.
undated
P23.34
"Bells"
First line: A bell touched feels how a light.
2/4/92
P23.35
"Now and Again"
First line: That in a public square we talked.
8/27/91
P23.36
"No"
First line: No, I’m not the one.
7/1/91
P23.37
"Program A/: Limits"
First line: Touch a drum. Glimpse a spark. Stroke a fur..
1/23/90
P23.38
"Playing at Sam’s House"
First line: Bring your truck, the yellow one.
9/1/92
P23.39
"Kansas and the World"
First line: In that hard air when the wind in winter.
8/18/92
P23.40
"Today’s Message"
First line: All I’m saying is, don’t.
8/17/92
P23.41
"For the Music"
First line: Go sing sometime. It’ll be.
4/1/92
P23.42
"Questioning"
First line: They ask what is my purpose. A Townsend’s warbler.
1/25/92
P23.43
"Understanding Poetry, by William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens"
First line: The jar on a mountain, the tree that thinks.
3/1/87
P23.44
"Jesus Loves Me"
First line: All summer we heard wings. Those days.
undated
P23.45
"My Job"
First line: When serious people talk, the bubble.
undated
P23.46
"Reasons for Quiet"
First line: Saying something might make it happen.
undated
P23.47
"Head with a Ph.D."
First line: In this head is the sky. The dome.
3/1/86
P23.48
"Something You Know"
First line: Certain clouds I could name.
undated
P23.49
"Character: Learning My Place(4 pages)"
First line: My strongest trait is being ignored....
undated
P23.50
"Thinking about Retiring - Really"
First line: Not long ago....
1/31/91
P23.51
"What They Thought"
First line: Once they thought Earth was only.
7/1/80
P23.52
"Tough Art"
First line: Certain writers create a zone of language....
5/21/91

Box 6: Possible Poems for Publication and Abandoned Poems, 1960s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box Box 6

313 items

Copies of poems being considered by Stafford for publication, along with abandoned poems and reading and workshop poems.

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Folder
P24
"Possibles as of 26 Dec. 92"
42 items
item
P24.1
"Pretty Good Day"
First line: Pretty soon light begins. Before that there won’t.
3/24/93
P24.2
"Momma"
First line: For every pleasure and guided celebration.
7/2/93
P24.3
"Being Lonely"
First line: We always have to lean back when time opens.
4/9/93
P24.4
"What’s the hurry? Stop here awhile"
First line: Our ancestors used to stop here. (This was before.
5/17/93
P24.5
"Cape Blanco"
First line: Gulls lift..
1/21/92
P24.6
"What You Do"
First line: Don’t listen when the geese fly over.
1/26/92
P24.7
"Ignore Me"
First line: Willows keep ready, in case a wind.
2/20/93
P24.8
"Meeting Blue"
First line: Meeting Blue any time changes you, meeting.
12/18/91
P24.9
"You Standing There"
First line: At the next place where you stop.
6/4/93
P24.10
"It Will Be Hard to Get Past Here"
First line: And anyway you should stop for a little while.
6/4/93
P24.11
"What Happens Next"
First line: Little trees will get bigger. The mountains.
6/5/93
P24.12
"Crossing Our Campground"
First line: Part of the time when I move it’s for.
6/1/93
P24.13
"Guests at Our House"
First line: They come wide-eyed and listening.
5/14/93
P24.14
"A.M."
First line: Time drips from the clock and forms.
4/11/93
P24.15
"untitled"
First line: With a gaze that knows.
4/12/93
P24.16
"For Oboe"
First line: It was the last day. Her little Odyssey was over.
4/7/93
P24.17
"Country School"
First line: Little snakes learn to write in the dust.
12/11/92
P24.18
"Return to Iowa (copy of MS)"
First line: There was an island. It dissolved away.
2/22/93
P24.19
"At Room Temperature"
First line: Making bread, I stop and look out.
undated
P24.20
"Windows"
First line: One morning time was just going along.
2/26/93
P24.21
"At the Timber Summit"
First line: The trouble is.
3/12/93
P24.22
"Where Do These Pages Come From? (2 versions)"
First line: Many writers, I think, try to write.
7/11/92
P24.23
"Retirement"
First line: After that knifeblade, we breathed.
1/20/93
P24.24
"End of Time"
First line: As the years polish the world it grows.
12/23/91
P24.25
"That April"
First line: What the sky heard, from open throats.
2/14/93
P24.26
"Figureheads on This Ark (two copies)"
First line: For awhile instead of a statue we put.
5/16/92
P24.27
"Kept Around in the Attic"
First line: This trunk or big suitcase.
2/15/93
P24.28
"Awareness"
First line: We live near the San Andreas Fault.
undated
P24.29
"Learning from the Animals"
First line: If we could get natural enough, even the river.
5/1/93
P24.30
"Mushrooms"
First line: A forest may disappear, and a grassland.
5/21/93
P24.31
"Teal (2 copies)"
First line: Alone or in pairs, fewer now but mysterious.
12/14/92
P24.32
"Owls"
First line: Owls listen a lot, then turn their heads.
12/12/92
P24.33
"Strange Flower"
First line: Without any history, this flower one day.
1/1/87
P24.34
"To Bow"
First line: To kneel, to find how deep.
undated
P24.35
"Signaling at Evening from a Tree at the End of Our Block"
First line: After that one cedar and its collected darkness.
3/12/93
P24.36
"Sabbath"
First line: On Sunday we learn more about.
11/8/92
P24.37
"It’s Far"
First line: On an island people heard about the mainland.
6/18/92
P24.38
"Barking Along"
First line: The clocks keep trying.
9/30/92
P24.39
"What You Can Do"
First line: If an owl call drifts down through.
1/6/92
P24.40
"Thinking It Out"
First line: Why will a field left fallow .
5/3/92
P24.41
"Modern Trees"
First line: Modern trees don’t much like.
4/1/92
P24.42
"In the Dark"
First line: When a leaf touches your hand.
11/7/92
P25
[Possibles 1993: Quiet Country]
41 items
item
P25.1
"Presences"
First line: Often in the evening Agnes comes back.
5/2/92
P25.2
"India [Ways to Live 1]"
First line: In India in their lives they happen.
7/20/93
P25.3
"Center of the World"
First line: My vest carries around this warm.
8/16/93
P25.4
"Sayings of the Blind"
First line: Feeling is believing.
2/18/93
P25.5
"Umpteenth Birthday"
First line: About now what ws always coming.
10/6/92
P25.6
"Just Thinking"
First line: Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window.
3/25/93
P25.7
"No Praise, No Blame"
First line: What have the clouds been up to today? You can’t.
4/2/93
P25.8
"Getting Along Together"
First line: One rock nudges another rock.
2/20/93
P25.9
"Way It Is"
First line: There’s a thread you follow. It goes among.
8/2/93
P25.10
"Meditation in the Waiting Room"
First line: I have this dream, doctor: I’m living in this town.
undated
P25.11
"Old Guy"
First line: A long time before you get there.
1/22/93
P25.12
"Me? "
First line: I’m an old gate.
2/15/93
P25.13
"Arrival"
First line: Tell that other dust I’m here. Let it know.
9/27/92
P25.14
"Facing West"
First line: At the beach time feels like silk. It.
7/29/93
P25.15
"Trying It Again"
First line: You can have roses. You can train.
1/21/93
P25.16
"Big Bang"
First line: A shudder goes through the universe, even.
8/10/93
P25.17
"Keeping Fit"
First line: Just breathe, we keep telling each other.
8/10/93
P25.18
"For My Critics"
First line: This mask on the back of my head.
8/19/92
P25.19
"Christmas Carol"
First line: Gestures the trees make as our train goes by.
8/25/92
P25.20
"Having It Be Tomorrow [Ways to Live 2]"
First line: Day, holding its lantern before it.
7/20/93
P25.21
"Ways to Live 3"
First line: After their jobs are done old people.
7/20/93
P25.22
"Haycutters"
First line: Time tells them. They go along touching.
8/1/93
P25.23
"Background"
First line: What waits? What.
1/31/91
P25.24
"There Isn’t Any Title Here"
First line: In that other country some branches lean.
4/7/92
P25.25
"Heritage: Greece"
First line: One of those broken staues without any.
5/31/93
P25.26
"What They Say"
First line: Kansas wind.
7/6/93
P25.27
"Framing a Book: Dedication Page"
First line: Paper, please accept this life of mine.
7/11/93
P25.28
"Ending a Book"
First line: Reader, they are surrounding us, the clouds.
7/11/93
P25.29
"Things That Hurt Me"
First line: Turn into pearls.
2/15/93
P25.30
"How It Is Now"
First line: Before it was now, and I think even.
12/19/92
P25.31
"Developments"
First line: A new sound comes into my head, long.
12/1/92
P25.32
"Certain People 1"
First line: You can see these people in any crowd.
12/1/92
P25.33
"Certain People 2"
First line: Interrupted, they turn, glaring.
4/24/93
P25.34
"Faculty Portrait"
First line: I run around behind and look out of the picture.
6/27/92
P25.35
"Near the [Year’s] End"
First line: A storm brings this - thin days, the air.
12/31/92
P25.36
"Godiva County, Montana"
First line: She’s a big country. Her undulations.
6/1/93
P25.37
"Be Near"
First line: The coldest sound I ever heard.
12/29/92
P25.38
"Christmases Ago"
First line: It didn’t mean then what it does now, no.
12/1/92
P25.39
"Rx"
First line: Lead, that sullen metal, can protect.
undated
P25.40
"Dull, Dull, Dull"
First line: Some of us clouds are too fat. Our style.
4/2/93
P25.41
"Living on the Plains [1993]"
First line: Carefully, sending leaves always toward the sun.
7/28/93
P26
"Periodicals": poems and submission lists
70 items
item
P26.1
"Walking the Borders"
First line: Sometimes in the evening a translator walks out.
Accepted for publication by: Bakunin.
9/1/91
P26.2
"Poem submission list"
First line: Gave David Ray.
2/4/93
P26.3
"World"
First line: It is all big and shadowy.
1/25/92
P26.4
"Figures Before, Mountains Behind"
First line: Some of them try for.
5/18/93
P26.5
"Stammtisch [p.34 of 101 Masterwks, U of Iowa]"
First line: In our town, too, when they get together.
Accepted for publication by: 101 Masterworks.
5/19/93
P26.6
"Tennisplatz [p.68 of 101 Masterworks at U of Iowa]"
First line: Many trees kind of nudge each other. And grass.
Accepted for publication by: 101 Masterworks.
5/19/93
P26.7
"Library Tour"
First line: As you go up the steps or ramp or elevator.
undated
P26.8
"After My Late Class One Night"
First line: On the hood of her car under a streetlight.
11/14/89
P26.9
"Why Do I Like the Wind?"
First line: When the President speaks and his words.
7/25/90
P26.10
"Tributes to Portland from Suburbia"
First line: Early mornings along our street engines wake.
7/24/90
P26.11
"Poem submission list"
First line: Babel.
12/10/91
P26.12
"Poem submission list"
First line: Kansas Quarterly.
4/6/92
P26.13
"Poem submission list"
First line: Robert Mooney.
6/27/90
P26.14
"Poem submission list"
First line: to Ms. Juliet....
5/4/90
P26.15
"Poem submission list"
First line: The Christian Century.
6/29/92
P26.16
"Argentina"
First line: In Argentina they have good faces.
11/22/89
P26.17
"Only the Shadows Are Real"
First line: There is another river where this real water.
11/6/92
P26.18
"Poem submission list"
First line: BYU Studies.
5/17/93
P26.19
"Masterpieces, Fifth Grade"
First line: A bell in the painting rings.
4/1/92
P26.20
"Stranger (2 versions)"
First line: On the night you were born.
9/9/92
P26.21
"Steady - For Emma Lou (2 versions)"
First line: I drag this wagon because it will connect.
3/11/92
P26.22
"Poem submission list"
First line: John Wright.
2/20/93
P26.23
"Moment"
First line: Your face, it shows the suffering, he said.
6/1/93
P26.24
"Eighty"
First line: Remembering takes too long. Bundle the years.
7/2/93
P26.25
"Overheard in a Junkyard"
First line: Lots of tires go around together.
3/8/93
P26.26
"Poem submission list"
First line: To Field.
4/8/92
P26.27
"Poem submission list"
First line: Gregory Orr.
9/1/89
P26.28
"What really happened at Sitka"
First line: In the beginning God put a cup.
6/16/89
P26.29
"Treeline"
First line: Trees near the top have heard too many.
6/5/90
P26.30
"Poem submission list"
First line: c/o Michael Gardner.
3/30/92
P26.31
"Poem submission list"
First line: VA Q Review.
2/25/92
P26.32
"Getting in Touch"
First line: Could there be a telephone even from.
4/11/92
P26.33
"Memorial Day in Anaheim"
First line: Here in Sodom a winding sheet of smog.
5/1/92
P26.34
"Afterwards"
First line: Mostly you look back and say, Well, OK. Things might have.
4/16/93
P26.35
"At a Motel in Memphis"
First line: To Memphis in a bad time Martin.
2/7/91
P26.36
"Poem submission list"
First line: Poetry.
11/28/69
P26.37
"Bronte Country"
First line: Lightning scribbled a misery vine.
8/1/69
P26.38
"Desert Country"
First line: Smoke in this valley.
12/1/69
P26.39
"Wind Sled, Lake Superior"
First line: Under us flash the deep, cold.
3/1/70
P26.40
"Here"
First line: They don’t care whether it is.
2/5/70
P26.41
"Time and Place"
First line: Time we must accept.
1/1/69
P26.42
"Beatitude (two versions)"
First line: Even today, battered under a waterfall.
5/1/67
P26.43
"Poem submission list"
First line: To Frank Steele.
10/21/78
P26.44
"Solzhenitsyn’s Address"
First line: For some kind of people, what the years gave.
5/1/79
P26.45
"Poem submission list"
First line: Dr Ben Bennamin.
11/20/81
P26.46
"Bear Dog"
First line: My grandfather was no good .
11/1/83
P26.47
"Poem submission list"
First line: To John Daniel.
7/11/88
P26.48
"Interviewing Tracker Dog"
First line: Tracker Dog, Tracker Dog, what are your plans.
11/4/91
P26.49
"White Room"
First line: My head turns to one side on the pillow.
undated
P26.50
"What I Like"
First line: Not to have any history. To run free.
12/4/92
P26.51
"My Mother Said"
First line: You will be going along some day.
4/5/90
P26.52
"This Gordian World"
First line: Therefore listen. Therefore come humbly to the water’s.
12/1/92
P26.53
"Poem submission list"
First line: Three Rivers.
11/3/86
P26.54
"Poem submission list"
First line: Willow Springs.
9/28/90
P26.55
"Poem submission list"
First line: John Sillito.
7/31/82
P26.56
"Morning in Kalamazoo"
First line: Blackbird, starling, bluebird, sparrow.
4/8/82
P26.57
"Poem submission list"
First line: Ron Slate.
4/24/79
P26.58
"Poem submission list"
First line: To Meri Williams.
9/7/71
P26.59
"Seasons"
First line: Wind owns a big room. Autumn.
10/1/70
P26.60
"Ticket"
First line: Every person receives this possibly renewable.
6/1/71
P26.61
"Poem submission list"
First line: Jean Burden.
3/11/87
P26.62
"Poem submission list"
First line: Wendy Larsen.
1/18/79
P26.63
"Being a King"
First line: You enter a house with large windows.
11/1/75
P26.64
"Thinking a Picture"
First line: No, these leaves don’t fall. Painted on.
8/1/74
P26.65
"Little Light"
First line: If somewhere in the world a little light.
10/1/75
P26.66
"Poem submission list"
First line: To Poetry Society.
12/10/72
P26.67
"Farewell Letter to whoever Finds It"
First line: Every morning when light gives back.
7/23/72
P26.68
"At Arlington Cemetery"
First line: Though we turn quickly, after we pass.
8/1/70
P26.69
"Poem submission list"
First line: To Michael Daley.
2/27/76
P26.70
"Poem submission list"
First line: The American Scholar.
10/5/90
P27
"Once Possibilities No More"
140 items
item
P27.1
"On the Early Bus"
First line: Just the fear, the fear wearies.
9/1/79
P27.2
"Power of Birds"
First line: In the dimness where dawn finds the woods.
9/1/79
P27.3
"Day on Earth"
First line: When rain, its weariness, comes.
7/1/79
P27.4
"Encountering a Former Student"
First line: I remember the bounce of your laugh, and the best.
7/1/79
P27.5
"On the Bus"
First line: They turn, in their serious way. They.
10/1/78
P27.6
"Being Contemporary: An Exercise"
First line: We walk forward, space ourselves.
2/21/79
P27.7
"At Any Corner"
First line: The first book and the last reader.
4/1/79
P27.8
"Remember This "
First line: An Inca god with hollow head.
4/1/79
P27.9
"untitled"
First line: We went into a park to have our lunch.
3/1/78
P27.10
"Nevada"
First line: In badlands the earth.
3/24/65
P27.11
"Report from the Park"
First line: A sycamore sails us frisbees.
11/1/75
P27.12
"On Time"
First line: A day with nothing in it is.
6/1/81
P27.13
"Getting Old"
First line: In that empty country beyond the Cascades.
6/1/81
P27.14
"Visiting Our Country"
First line: While weather happens people fight for who owns it.
1/1/82
P27.15
"Appropriate Remarks"
First line: If you thank the waitress at Pete’s Diner.
7/1/81
P27.16
"Memorial"
First line: In Nagasaki they have built a little room.
10/1/81
P27.17
"Looking Out Through the Bars"
First line: Yes, it happens a few times - not the glimpse of the big death.
6/1/81
P27.18
"On the Beach Near Arcata"
First line: Grey eyed blind sea.
5/1/81
P27.19
"Night Waves"
First line: Waves measure the shore true as a line.
1/19/82
P27.20
"In a City Churchyard"
First line: Moss is all that cares.
1/13/82
P27.21
"For Everybody Ambitious, on Retirement of the Undersigned"
First line: This is to certify that the bearer may.
2/1/78
P27.22
"Reading a Picture"
First line: Singers are proclaiming an anthem: over there.
8/19/81
P27.23
"Life’s a Game"
First line: Life’s a game we are given to play.
6/4/81
P27.24
"Waiting for Battle"
First line: You open your hand for a gift and see.
4/19/82
P27.25
"Real Estate"
First line: The best caves look out on a lake or.
1/27/82
P27.26
"Back Then"
First line: In the middle of certain old books they hid.
5/12/82
P27.27
"Other Ocean"
First line: When a guest leaves, the gentle pressure of .
6/8/81
P27.28
"Legs"
First line: Their feet go by, their legs astir.
4/1/79
P27.29
"Facing Outward"
First line: Some things, if you say you have them.
11/3/81
P27.30
"Significance"
First line: Little birds - hardly here - retire in their.
2/24/82
P27.31
"In Las Vegas"
First line: Sun with its redhot dimes.
2/24/82
P27.32
"Chaucer Speaks to a writers’ Conference"
First line: Your stories, and the way you dress.
7/8/82
P27.33
"People"
First line: When we look at each other, our eyes.
2/18/82
P27.34
"August"
First line: At the end of a leaf summer is reaching.
8/2/82
P27.35
"Still Evening"
First line: Afraid one time I took my fear to an open.
5/12/82
P27.36
"How It Really Is"
First line: Neutral minutes are flooding their unobserved way.
6/4/81
P27.37
"Farewell after a “Craft Lecture”"
First line: Fair winds. Go forth. Save up the little pieces that.
7/1/81
P27.38
"Perspectives"
First line: If a prophet or Buddha or one of the Saints came.
10/1/80
P27.39
"Hearing Wind at Night"
First line: We live in that sky where - almost found once.
12/8/81
P27.40
"Guides"
First line: Forms have lighted the ages.
2/4/61
P27.41
"Guarding the Inner Room"
First line: When my eyes waver, during their lectures to me.
2/1/79
P27.42
"Working with a Surly Partner"
First line: Accompanied by the meadow all day.
9/1/79
P27.43
"Out in the Country"
First line: We used to recline of an afternoon.
5/1/79
P27.44
"Vespers at Spirit Lake"
First line: It is cold where day came from. Instead of .
11/14/76
P27.45
"Every Day"
First line: Here are some witnesses for the sun - the sands.
4/1/79
P27.46
"Reflections on Retirement (5 pages)"
First line: Their feet bring all you need. Their shadows.
4/1/79
P27.47
"Readying for the Olympics"
First line: Please tell me when to cheer, while.
8/1/78
P27.48
"Wright Morris at Squaw Valley"
First line: It wasn’t likely, the church, and those places.
8/1/78
P27.49
"Things Never Said"
First line: There are things people will never say.
10/13/77
P27.50
"Explaining my Picture"
First line: Because I saw, and for years I saw.
2/4/78
P27.51
"Haiku"
First line: Every morning.
1/1/79
P27.52
"Afternoons"
First line: Traffic in my head piles up.
12/1/78
P27.53
"Staying Aloof"
First line: Let everything else be to blame. Step.
8/1/78
P27.54
"My Celebration in Moonlight"
First line: With never a sound, for fear of that other always.
3/1/78
P27.54
"Pronoun Without an Antecedent"
First line: It goes out from wherever you are.
8/1/77
P27.55
"You See"
First line: Someone hurts you: you hurt .
3/1/79
P27.56
"Are My Hands Real?"
First line: Coming across the track.
5/1/56
P27.57
"Round Earth’s Shores"
First line: There by the sea where the houses come.
6/1/63
P27.58
"Record"
First line: Outside a hi-fi shop in the snow.
12/1/57
P27.59
"Artists"
First line: Now we have discovered each other, we exist.
1/1/67
P27.60
"Day After Then (5 pages)"
First line: Los Alamos was a place.
6/1/65
P27.61
"At the End"
First line: They tried all points at six o’ clock.
5/1/67
P27.62
"Tonight"
First line: Wolf on the other hill, howl.
12/1/68
P27.63
"Having an Original Idea"
First line: It came. All you know is.
9/1/69
P27.64
"Bruises"
First line: Bruises last but do not advertize.
1/1/68
P27.65
"Some History"
First line: A little word named Ego.
2/1/68
P27.65
"Other Things"
First line: Close to where we live, they live.
7/1/68
P27.66
"Roundabout Poem"
First line: Beyond the world for small.
10/1/68
P27.67
"Soul Mate"
First line: Our place was always an island.
7/1/68
P27.68
"All the Way Round"
First line: A rabbit falls into fear at its birth.
8/1/69
P27.69
"Last Visit"
First line: At the time we thought.
12/1/68
P27.70
"Little Story"
First line: A woman who lived in a song.
7/1/68
P27.71
"Corrected by Moss"
First line: In the bell paperweight about to turn over.
1/1/69
P27.72
"For the Wedding of Bill and Janet"
First line: It was in Scotland that we learned.
9/1/68
P27.73
"Queen"
First line: With silk and salutes they savage.
10/1/65
P27.74
"Evening Meditation"
First line: All the people in the world have.
7/1/68
P27.75
"In the South Seas"
First line: Their thatch reminded by rain, those villages.
1/1/68
P27.76
"For the Forty-Ninth State"
First line: We limped: others did.
12/1/68
P27.77
"Annually, with Pay"
First line: Steady it was - remember that.
1/1/65
P27.78
"Other People"
First line: So many lanes, with floors of leaves.
11/1/67
P27.79
"At the Party"
First line: As near as we could, we met.
6/1/67
P27.80
"For Norman O. Brown and Some Others"
First line: Monuments, why assume that stylish pose of war?.
4/1/67
P27.81
"Lost Child"
First line: In the sandhills, one of those.
11/1/66
P27.82
"Childish"
First line: Certain things I want which cannot be.
12/1/65
P27.83
"Flood"
First line: Last year when the river awoke and spelled.
1/1/65
P27.84
"Now That the Wind Has Changed"
First line: Now that the wind begins to believe.
10/1/64
P27.85
"On Memorial Day"
First line: Back of time, where Mother lives.
6/1/67
P27.86
"Birches in Alaska"
First line: Once the tide of leaves.
7/1/68
P27.87
"As If"
First line: As if the world grew still, as if.
9/1/62
P27.88
"Pacifist"
First line: Statues and buzzards mark a poor country.
9/1/64
P27.89
"Eclipse"
First line: Earth inherits the big dark memory.
8/1/63
P27.90
"Account"
First line: With tears or blood you learn to spell.
7/1/65
P27.91
"Witnesses for Love"
First line: Even a man with God in his forehead.
12/1/64
P27.92
"Toward the great Society:Pacifist (3 pages) "
First line: I am a pacifist.
8/1/65
P27.93
"Snow, or Words"
First line: All summer I called our cabin “Lost”.
8/1/64
P27.94
"Social Note"
First line: No one loves now as Careless did.
1/1/64
P27.95
"Dropping Off"
First line: Wakeful to find the self, you learn.
1/1/64
P27.96
"Old Character from Idaho"
First line: Tell all’s my rhetoric; reply.
Accepted for publication by: Granta, ‘63?.
9/1/62
P27.97
"Dreamer"
First line: Each morning there are shadows on the wall.
4/1/67
P27.98
"For Emily Dickinson"
First line: Those winters back there deepen.
5/1/66
P27.99
"For Strider"
First line: Strider, the ship; Vikings brought her.
10/1/66
P27.100
"Remember, Brother"
First line: Towns that neglected our house.
2/1/58
P27.101
"Summer Chores"
First line: Pour the wren song down through.
1/1/66
P27.102
"Other Directed"
First line: One year wavered but that March weather insisted.
12/1/61
P27.103
"Let’s Talk"
First line: If we can be slow at the place.
9/1/67
P27.104
"In Autumn Country"
First line: On the autumn hills we watch a day.
9/1/67
P27.105
"Reading Emily Dickinson [In Autumn]"
First line: In these autumn hills, confess: not to shudder, we.
1/1/67
P27.106
"Hero’s Father"
First line: Always in spring birds fan out.
3/1/65
P27.107
"Soon"
First line: Last night the air refused my breath.
7/1/64
P27.108
"Look Cat"
First line: A woman has blinded this house.
2/1/59
P27.109
"Gift of Fear"
First line: They scare young deer, to form their characters.
8/1/65
P27.110
"When FIrst"
First line: When first I walked across.
1/1/65
P27.111
"Belfrey"
First line: Remember that summer still as a pond.
6/1/65
P27.112
"Change of Air"
First line: It is only a wind coming, maybe to blow down.
1/1/63
P27.113
"Send-Off to Ralph Salisbury"
First line: Ralph, I send this to you, sharer.
5/1/66
P27.114
"Speech Instead of Ariel’s Song"
First line: This life tempest fits a wind.
7/1/65
P27.115
"0.22"
First line: Lost in the drifts of Christmas.
9/1/65
P27.116
"Sunningdale Road"
First line: A tree and its window offer.
8/1/69
P27.117
"In the Double Bed"
First line: Near sleep, and almost caught, you.
1/1/68
P27.118
"It Occurs to Me to Say"
First line: A tree believes.
8/1/58
P27.119
"Drainpipe Song"
First line: Tattle in the water wheel.
12/1/66
P27.120
"Her Gaze"
First line: The lake and sky of her gaze.
12/1/66
P27.121
"To the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation"
First line: He claimed he tamed a badger by writing it letters.
12/1/66
P27.122
"My Poems"
First line: At any moment it may be necessary.
12/1/66
P27.123
"In Our Cold Country"
First line: We catch our breath, afraid of all.
12/1/65
P27.124
"Meditation on History, Art, and Truth"
First line: History is God’s art; doubt is ours.
2/1/59
P27.125
"After Class"
First line: After class, that knotted hurt the mind.
9/1/65
P27.126
"Neo-Absolutist"
First line: Three brothers, Yes, No, and Maybe.
10/1/66
P27.127
"What We, Maybe, Saw"
First line: Afraid, but.
1/1/66
P27.128
"First Spring Day"
First line: Confident again, this town surrounds.
2/1/65
P27.129
"Typhoid Mary"
First line: Furious, you slung the silver in the sink.
9/1/65
P27.130
"Orientation"
First line: Now, and all day, and all night.
12/1/66
P27.131
"My Country Has No Road"
First line: I live by a river.
7/1/57
P27.132
"Fragments from an Unsatisfactory Report on My Vacation"
First line: Green shadows mark the Coast road.
8/1/65
P27.133
"New Friend"
First line: Oh new friend, so many secrets now justify my.
10/1/65
P27.134
"Beatitude"
First line: Every cabin on the coast.
1/1/67
P27.135
"Sights"
First line: Mute, maimed, slum dogs in Mexico.
9/1/65
P27.136
"Western"
First line: There was a town far west.
undated
P27.136
"Witness"
First line: This is the hand I dipped in the Missouri.
undated
P27.137
"Flat Country"
First line: Aloof because the map is a floor.
10/1/65
P27.138
"Three Maps"
First line: Busy as a rag rug, the freeways curve.
2/1/64
P27.139
"To Mary"
First line: Nailed over the door, or nailed there.
1/1/63
P27.140
"Role"
First line: It is hard to jump erraticaly but .
8/1/63
P28
"Abandoned 86 to 88"
20 items
item
P28.1
"Kwakiutl Inlet"
First line: Daylight comes where the old cedars are.
5/19/88
P28.2
"Portrait for a Museum"
First line: The moccasins are so big they seem to belong.
5/1/87
P28.3
"Zephyr"
First line: Autumn is breathing. Little flashes of bird wings.
9/27/88
P28.4
"Finding Out"
First line: It was a long time ago, but one place where.
11/1/87
P28.5
"First Quarrel"
First line: Sometimes at a party we pause and the snow.
1/1/88
P28.6
"Face to Face"
First line: It has been given to me to know.
8/25/88
P28.7
"As Time Goes By"
First line: We hoard each day, unwrap it carefully.
1/1/88
P28.8
"Cool Spell"
First line: Dear Friend.
10/1/87
P28.9
"White Feather on the Beach"
First line: Probably a gust of wind came.
7/10/87
P28.10
"Little Light"
First line: If somewhere in the world a little light.
10/1/75
P28.11
"Secrets"
First line: Leafing through a calendar, you come.
12/1/78
P28.12
"After an Accident"
First line: That day I fell was cold. For long.
1/1/82
P28.13
"December"
First line: But isn’t it bright? And the sun.
12/1/86
P28.14
"Gift from a Landscape"
First line: In that scene west of Bismark last winter.
1/1/88
P28.15
"Language of Clouds"
First line: Some people do, you know, read them: “That one.
7/1/81
P28.16
"Pain"
First line: You ever have a pain and begin.
6/1/83
P28.17
"untitled"
First line: We make a path by following it.
9/27/88
P28.18
"untitled"
First line: In the morning you lie there thinking - some people.
9/27/88
P28.19
"Old Lady on the Midway"
First line: You can hear the little wheels going; then the mouth.
9/27/88
P28.20
"Places in the Back Yard"
First line: From their shadowy corner three.
3/1/86