I live in William Stafford country. His words and work permeate this place. And it is a goodly inheritance.
His collection on writing called Crossing Unmarked Snow came out while I was in school, so it became our unofficial textbook. Come January, I think it might be my first re-read of the new decade.
Often when I’m writing I hear his advice over my shoulder: if you get stuck, lower your standards and keep going. I think sometimes when people encounter that axiom, they focus on being stuck or lowering their standards. But I think our attention should be to keep going.
That’s where the magic starts.
In the daily return. The simple companionship of attention and a notebook. A way to discover what we didn’t know.