William Stafford, from the William Stafford Archives.
―Writing is peculiarly susceptible to this wonderful resource, language. I didn’t invent it. I don’t control
it. It just rolls on. It comes fro
m everybody. It’s not something I learned from other writers, by anymeans. It’s not something I learned from other critics by any means. It is a great river of possibilities
swirling around us all the time. People talk to each other and come upon
I guess I do it like a gull
these great swoops of realization and vistas that veer off toward other formulations in language. And even
the syllables have meaning‖ –
William Stafford as told to Bill Moyers, October 1988.
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