Wind On The Waves: Stories From The Oregon Coast by Kim R StaffordWind On The Waves: Stories From The Oregon Coast by Kim R Stafford

Wind On The Waves: Stories From The Oregon Coast

byKim R Stafford

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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Wind on the Wavesis a collection of fifty-two stories that embody the beauty, mystery, and allure of Oregon’s magnificent coast. Written by award-winning author and poet Kim Stafford, these wonderful vignettes celebrate the people, towns, wildlife, culture, and natural beauty of one of America’s most rugged, beautiful, and enchanting coastlines.Wind on the Wavesevokes the feelings of wonder and joy, the miracle of existence, the significance of humanity—and its insignificance compared to the power of the sea. Being open to the world is a gift—one which Kim Stafford has shared so well. These words from one of Oregon’s most influential writers are the song of life sung on the stage of the shore, and the wind, and the waves.

Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis and Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and codirector of the Documentary Studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer,...
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Title:Wind On The Waves: Stories From The Oregon CoastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.42 × 5.51 × 0.33 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

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“My friend, you wanted to be wind on the waves—not the schooner, or even the sail that bellied and caught it. You wanted to be the wind itself. You wanted to dance and scamper, to be the spiral that hugs the planet, the wisp of travel that nudges sand, the local everywhere, tireless, fervent, invisible, unstoppable you.”                                                                        —Kim Stafford from the Wind on the Waves

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She woke in room number seven, heard the waves, and had to be there. Her candle must have gone out. It smelled of burnt wick. Her book lay wedged where it had tumbled by the pillow. From bed, she couldn't hear a car, or a voice, not even TV. Through the wall, she could just catch the low breathing of the surf, pushing, and sliding away. She fumbled on jeans and a sweater, stepped into her damp tennis shoes, took the key, and went out. She had to find danger, not this longing for love. Love was good, but longing was tough. You could wait forever, and wither. Like the sea, longing could take you out and give back bones. Forget that. Feel the cold and be strong. Fog drifted around a streetlight. It settled in her hair, in the wool folds of her sweater, softening everything. Gravel nibbled her shoes' thin soles. At the road's end, feeling with her feet, she found the stair to the beach and went down, her hand gripping tight on the punky wood of the rail, her eyes closed to know it better, until with a gasp she took the last long step to sand.                                                                                                                                                            --From "Finding a Place to Be Afraid"

Table of Contents

Finding a Place to Be Afraid
Courtship at Indian Beach
Cross the Water to Live Alone
Rogue Wave
Diary Entry: Our Coast
Sweet Light Elegy
Flavor of Solitude
Brother Wind
The Play of Moving Water
More Flower than Leaf
Phone Call
Coffee at the Eavesdrop Cafe
A Cove of Your Own
Creatures of the Mountain
I Thought It Would Be Bigger
A Bubble Can't Last Long
The Moon's Work
A Bed of Salted Cedar
Who Married Seal
Ocean Lullaby
Bear Cave Cove
More Children
Weekend at the Coast
Skull of the Jellyfish
Grandma Dewey
Shell Ash at the Midden
Pretty Intruder
Where Goes the Wind?
The Edge Effect in Jazz and Salt
Cedar Pirate
Knower and Forgetter
Ship Catch Wind
Salmon at Sweet Creek
Lonesome Bliss
A Wave's Purpose
Loon in the Spruce
Empty Handed
Out There
Hideaway
Conversation at the Stump
Go Ask the Owls
A Tree with Arms
Dune Buggy Dao
Incandescence
Lucille and the Secrets of Fog
Storm Watch
I Know Every Rock in This Harbor
Razor Tongue of the Limpet
A Tug on the Line
Redhead Roundup
Inkling
Wind on the Waves

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