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What is "Fifteen" by William Stafford?

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"Fifteen" is a short poem by William Stafford, according to The Writer's Almanac. In the poem, the speaker remembers an incident that occurred when he was 15 and came across the scene of a motorcycle accident.

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The Paris Review credits the popularity of William Stafford's poetry to the poet's intimate poetic style and his ability to extract and appropriate poetic language from everyday or ordinary language. Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1914. He died in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. Stafford was 46 when his first book of poems was published. He earned a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Iowa.

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