Frank Stanford

Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives


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“The big event in poetry for 2015 will likely be the long-awaited resurrection of Frank Stanford, a legendary badass from Arkansas, much of whose poetry has been unavailable since his suicide at the age of 29 in 1978… Stanford was a hell of a metaphor-maker and simile-slinger, and could cast a spell of extreme intensity with a flick of his wrist.”—

"His love poems can sound like the cry of an angel falling backward through an open window, to borrow Dwight Yoakam’s line about Roy Orbison’s voice . . . . Mr. Stanford could lose his heart without blowing his cool.”—New York Times, 2015

"It is astounding to me that I was not even aware of this accomplished and moving poet. There is a great deal of pain on the poems, but it is a pain that makes sense, a tragic pain whose meaning rises from the way the poems are so firmly molded and formed from within."—James Wright

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Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives is 200 pages of unpublished poems, facsimiles, artwork, photos, handwrtten drafts, and letters. The third single-author title from Third Man Books is a must read for those who appreciate both Stanford and American poetry.

*Features unpublished poems, drafts, and photos.*Features unpublished letters between Stanford, Allen Ginsberg, Pulitzer Prize poet Alan Dugan, and others.*Features unseen artwork by Ginny Stanford.*Includes an appreciation written by award winning author and Stanford’s friend Steve Stern.*Copper Canyon Press’s Michael Wiegers is the co-editor (with TMB’s Chet Weise) and wrote the Preface.*Complements Copper Canyon's best selling collection What About This.*Includes link to audio by special guests and more.

Born in 1948, Frank Stanford was a prolific poet known for his originality and ingenuity. He has been dubbed "a swamp rat Rimbaud" by Lorenzo Thomas and "one of the great voices of death" by Franz Wright. He grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, and then Arkansas, where he lived for most of his life and wrote many of his most powerful poems. Stanford died in 1978. He authored over ten books of poetry, including eight volumes in the last seven years of his life.

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