Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate had been scheduled for an “Author’s visit at the Langlois Library for both a work shop for writers and would-be writers in the afternoon and an evening of poetry reading and discussion.
This event has been canceled due to the current situation. However, you can get a flavor of his work with his latest: https://projects.oregonlive.com/kim-stafford/. The poetry is both reflective and inspirational and speaks of our lives as we are living them now.
Shelter in Place:
Long before the pandemic, the trees
knew how to guard one place with
roots and shade. Moss found
how to hug a stone for life.
Every stream works out how
to move in place, staying home
even as it flows generously
outward, sending bounty far.
Now is our time to practice —
singing from balconies, sending
words of comfort by any courier,
kindling our lonesome generosity
to shine in all directions like stars.
You can even listen to Kim reading the poem