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With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach (audio only)



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From Allegiances by William Stafford, published by Harper & Row. © 1970 by William Stafford. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


William Stafford

Born in 1914, William Stafford's first major collection of poems, Traveling Through the Dark, was published when he was forty-eight years old and won the National Book Award in 1963. He went on to publish more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose. In 1970, he was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position currently known as the Poet Laureate).

Date Published: 1970-01-01

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