Kim Stafford | The Sun Magazine

Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford directs the Northwest Writing Institute. His most recent book is A Thousand Friends of Rain: New and Selected Poems (Carnegie-Mellon University Press). He lives in Portland, Oregon.

— From April 2007

Our Son At One Year Old

At the close of this day we / have the bright idea of taking / him in the rowboat out on the / lake to view the moon rising

April 2007

Walking In An Old Forest With Our Young Son On My Back, I See The Fates Of My Friends In Every Tree

Little one, do you see how this thin tree grows in the shade / of its father? Don’t do that. Do you see how this trunk / turns around, always looking over its shoulder at the others? / That’s hard.

July 2006
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

My Father’s Place

A few days after my father, poet William Stafford, died, I was sleeping alone at my parents’ house when something woke me at around 4 A.M. My mother, who was away, had told me that she, too, had been wakened since his death at this, my father’s customary writing time.

April 1997
Free Trial Issue Are you ready for a closer look at The Sun?

Request a free trial, and we’ll mail you a print copy of this month’s issue. Plus you’ll get full online access — including 50 years of archives.
Request A Free Issue