Host(s): Gregory Fitzgerald and Lewis Turco
Tape order number: VF-9-2
Visit Date: November 13, 1969
Length: 30 minutes
Brief Summary: Stafford says that although all poets are influenced by the past, it is a good thing not to be dominated by tradition. He feels free to go in any direction when he writes, often letting syllables suggest what should come next, and suggests that poems should unfold like dreams. Stafford considers each of his poems to be quiet protest poems. He says that his mother has influenced him more than any great poet, and that he embraces his background.
For me, poetry seems like conversation that has a lot of luck in it.
-- William Stafford