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Kansas Raised

Kansas Raised

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Published by Jeremy McWilliams
by Kim Rinier
Stafford Studies, 2013
by Kim Rinier
Stafford Studies, 2013

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Published by: Jeremy McWilliams on Sep 06, 2013
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I am a child of Midwestern parents, who was born in Kansas City,Kansas but only visited or lived in Kansas briefly. However, Ilistened to the stories my mother nostalgically related about herKansas childhood. Although I feel once removed from herexperiences, having this repertoire of stories allows me to deeplyidentify with the poems William Stafford wrote about his Kansasroots. Because of my mother’s stories the lines “…how hard wechewed on our town’s tough rind, how we loved its flavor” trulyresonated with my personal experience of Kansas
In addition, I appreciate more fully how hard life was in thatprairie landscape during the depression and am remindedof my mother’s influence on my writing and her love of mygrandmother from oral history that resonate when I readthe poems “Mother’s Day”, A Memorial for My Mother”and “108 East Nineteenth” (sweet peas are my mother’sfavorite flower). It was a gift when Kim Stafford sharedanecdotes about the tremendous influence that WilliamStafford’s mother had on his writings in the Staffordarchives .

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