Thursday, November 4, 2010


Word Things

Report from a Far Place

Making these word things to

step on across the world, I
could call them snowshoes.

They creak, sag, bend, but
hold, over the great deep cold,
and they turn up at the toes.

In war or city or camp
they could save your life;
you can muse them by the fire.

Be careful, though: they
burn, or don't burn, in their own
strange way, when you say them.

—William Stafford
(1914-1993), poet and professor
(Thanks to alert WORDster Peter Y. Sussman)

Editorial Comment: The power of the storyteller

PeezPix: October StubbleMown fall field below the Wellsvilles, Northern Utah. JCOM News Note: NPR foreign correspondent ANNE GARRELS comes to Utah State TODAY! to deliver a Morris Media & Society Lecture: “Bearing Witness—One journalist’s take on covering the world.” Garrels comes to USU fresh from several weeks in Russia. HEAR her interview with Tom Williams on Utah Public Radio. And READ preview of today's appearance in the Logan Herald-Journal by JCOM alum Matthew Jensen. Public speech TODAY, 2-3:15 p.m., USU Performance Hall. Free & open to everyone.

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting.