As the Sky Begins to Change

As the Sky Begins to Change is a book of poems to wake the world, lyric anthems for earth and kin.

In his third poetry collection from Red Hen Press, Kim Stafford gathers poems that sing with empathy, humor, witness, and story. Poems in this book have been set to music, quoted in the New York Times, posted online in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, gathered in a chapbook sold to benefit Ukrainian refugees, posted online in response to Supreme Court decisions, composed for a painter’s gallery opening, and in other ways engaged a world at war with itself, testifying for the human project hungry for kinship, exiled from bounty, and otherwise thirsting for the oxygen of healing song.


“Kim Stafford is a priest and poet, songwriter and philosopher. Each of these meticulously crafted poems offers the ability to see our interconnected world with a tender, resilient heart that only grows stronger over time. You will come to the book like that lucky raccoon who finds a plum tree in one of the early poems, feasting until you are ‘bandit happy, lusty gusto, shaky elbow, roly poly/on your side helpless with joy.'”

James Crews, author of Kindness Will Save the World

“This inspiring new collection speaks to this moment of dilemma and decision: ‘What was our / certainty is all in ruins, so we sing glory, glory, glory.’ Poems here bring music to the book’s ‘little anthems of thought,’  to advance the vast change of heart demanded of us all. ‘From the ordinary,’ Stafford says, ‘you must rise into helpful dreaming.’ In this book, Stafford dreams and sings the world new, reader by reader.”

Thomas R. Smith, author of Storm Island and Medicine Year

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Publication Date: April 9, 2024

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 9781636281476