I love a fountain pen I bought at a little store in S. France…but can’t seem to keep it working. So any marking tool will do.
GEMINI INK: How do you work?
KIM STAFFORD: I take a walk before dawn, and words come to me. Then I write them down. Then sunrise, and the day.
GEMINI INK: What theme or symbol keeps emerging in your work? Why?
KIM STAFFORD: Hidden things, secrets, darkness, not knowing, failing, stumbling, singing, breath, the work of the hand, peripheral vision, glimpses, dreams, ordinary things lit by strange light.
GEMINI INK: Do you have a favorite writing tool?
KIM STAFFORD: I love a fountain pen I bought at a little store in S. France…but can’t seem to keep it working. So any marking tool will do.
GEMINI INK: Describe your first writing desk.
KIM STAFFORD: There was a nook at the top of the stairs in my college house. I build a screen of concrete-spattered boards, and a desk of pallet wood.
GEMINI INK: What is integral to your method of writing?
KIM STAFFORD: Being open to what comes—today it’s the pain and confusion and glimmers of discovery following my mother’s death at 97 two days ago:
Hollowed by pneumonia, broken by a fall,
our mother with 97 years clenched
in her one good hand began
to grow smaller for passage
through her final knot of pain
with little cries a bird’s voice
flying in dark rain for
something we can’t see
here with her low lidded eyes,
cold skull, dry leaves
sticks, earth, and a promise.