“I want to consider what William Stafford’s daily writing pages contained and how they worked for him–
how something like his approach might work for any of us who choose to give such daily writing practice a try.”
There will sometimes be an “aphorism” –a freestanding sentence, an idea, a question, a note about a pattern he perceived, a puzzle.
William Stafford would write a sentence that “lifted off” from daily experience.
This provisional understanding from daily life begins to raise the writer’s attention out of the mundane into the gently miraculous realm of poetry.