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You Reading This, Be Ready

5 Jan

You Reading This, Be Ready


Starting here, what do you want to remember?

How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?

What scent of old wood hovers, what softened

sound from outside fills the air?


Will you ever bring a better gift for the world

than the breathing respect that you carry

wherever you go right now? Are you waiting

for time to show you some better thoughts?


When you turn around, starting here, lift this

new glimpse that you found; carry into evening

all that you want from this day. This interval you spent

reading or hearing this, keep it for life—


What can anyone give you greater than now,

starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?


– William Stafford –


I’ve already posted a couple of the many, many William Stafford bday celebrations happening around town but also wanted to be sure to share this exhaustive list – http://www.williamstafford.org/pages/porbday12.html

Which Stafford poem is your fave? What do you think of the one above?

Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

1 Dec

Download this extraordinary companion collection to Mark Twain:

Mark Twain – A Short Introduction

Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Mark Twain

The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain

The Cambridge Introduction to Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

-Additionally, you can download his complete works here

Reblogged from The Cult of Genius.

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