Frank Stanford – Books and Broadsides

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Section A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and broadsides


1. THE SINGING KNIVES
singingknivesa. First edition:
Seattle: The Mill Mountain Press, 1971 [1972]
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages. Poet’s first book.

Contents: “The Blood Brothers”, “The Singing Knives”, “Living”, “The Pump”, “The Gospel Bird”, “The Albino”, “Elegy for My Father”, “Tapsticks”, “The Bass”, “The Minnow”, “The Picture Show Next Door to The Stamp Store in Downtown Memphis”, “Poem”, “Transcendence of Janus”, “Strappado”, “If I Should Wake”, “Wishing My Wife Had One Leg”, “Narcissus to Achilles”, “Planning the Disappearance of Those Who Have Gone”, “The Intruder after Jean Follain”, “The Quiver”, “Becoming the Unicorn”, “Belladonna”, “The Snake Doctors”.

b. Second edition:
Fayetteville: Lost Roads Publishing Company, 1979
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 64 pages. Cover art of constellations by David Hurley. Printed by White River Printers. Published as Lost Roads Number 18. Contains two poems not included in the first edition as well as a biographical sketch of the poet by C.D. Wright (uncredited).

c. Third edition:
Providence: Lost Roads Publishers, 2008

2. LADIES FROM HELL
First edition:
Seattle: The Mill Mountain Press, 1974
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 40 pages. Drawings by Ginny Couch Stanford.

Contents: “Brothers On Sunday Night”, “Hidden Water”, “Linger”, “If She Lives In the Hills”, “Women Singing When Their Husbands Are Gone”, “Sudden Opera”, “Do Tell”, “Suspect”, “Dante Gabrielle Rossetti With His Head on the Virginal”, “Blue Yodel of the Wayfaring Stranger”, “Twilight”, “Death In The Cool Evening”, “Place On A Grave”, “Getting To Sleep”, “The Paramour”, “Farewell”, “Where We Slept Together”, “Pasture Dream”.

Note: The poems in this selection were originally a part of the following manuscripts: Gone, Field Talk, Shade, Approacheth The Ship and Wonder, Yonder, Saint Francis and the Wolf, Some Poems 1957-1964, Blue Yodels, Automatic Co-Pilot, The Pre-Raphaelites Little Brother Naegling, Lord Gigolo and the Dancers with Chinese Eyes.

3. FIELD TALK
stanfordfieldFirst edition:
Seattle: The Mill Mountain Press, 1975
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.75″, 32 pages. Drawings by Ginny Crouch Stanford.

Contents: “Plowboy”, “Lullaby to a Child Who They Say Will Not Live Through The Night”, “Milksnake”, “The Long Staircase”, “The River is Some Time to Kill Without Warning”, “Sanctuary”, “The Prows”, “Wrote Down Burns”, “The Chinese Noseguards for The Entrance to The Mouth”, “The Face of Love”, “Spell”, “Nautilus”, “A Life Taken in The Throat of The Tree Frog”, “Partner”, “I Would Have a Woman as Real as Death”, “On”, “Blue Yodel Silence You Are”, “When It’s After Dark”, “Cutting Fishing Poles for The Dead”, “Fire Left by Travellers”.

Note: The Poems in this selection were originally a part of the following manuscripts: Field Talk: 1957-1972, Blue Yodels.

4. SHADE
shadeFirst edition:
Seattle: Mill Mountain Press, 1975
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.75″, 50 pages. Drawings by Ginny Crouch Stanford.

Contents: “Soybeans”, “The Last Dance”, “In Plain View”, “The Unbelievable Nightgown”, “Liason”, “My Home”, “The Cloud”, “The Conflict”, “Wonder Bread”, “Swirl of Dust in The Cottonfields”, “Dawn”, “Black Swan”, “A Man Born in The Forest”, “Born There”, “Gray”, “All in My Good Time”, “Leer”, “Drunk Song in May”, “Honeymoon”, “The Silence The Thicket The Sniffing”, “Fair Trial”, “The Hearse on The Other Side of The Canvas”, “Night Time”, “Wedding”, “Humming This Song”, “Tryst”, “Field Hands on Plantation Night”, “Slow Rag of The Yearbook”, “Living with Death”, “Called”.

Note: These poems were written during the time: 1964-1968, and were originally part of the following manuscripts: Hard Figuring, So Long For This World, Blue Yodels, Touched Stones, Taking My Shade.

5. ARKANSAS BENCH STONE
arkansas
First edition:
Seattle: Mill Mountain Press, 1975
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 32 pages. Paintings, photograph, and drawings by Ginny Crouch Stanford.

Contents: “The Visitors of Night”, “Monk’s Dog”, “Mouths Full of Spit”, “Their Names are Spoken”, “Lap”, “Tale”, “Island”, “Lament of the Land Surveyor”, “Blue Yodel”, “Blue Yodel of the Quick and the Dead”, “Will”, “Shed”, “Village with Dark Sun”, “Inventory”, “Land of the Downstream People”, “Soaking Wet”.

Note: Arkansas Bench Stone is a Legend For John S. Morris.

6. CONSTANT STRANGER
constants
First edition:
Seattle: Mill Mountain Press, 1976
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages.

Contents: “Death and the Arkansas River”, “Directions from a Madman”, “The First Twenty-Five Years of My Life”, “The Boathouse”, “Blue Yodel of the Desperado”, “In These Rooms”, “Eyelids Noticed Only in the Seventh Minute of Twilight”, “No Signs of Life: A Tragic Gag of  Raymond Radiguet”, “The Forgotten Madmen of Menilmontant”, “At the Moment of Death”, “A Black Cat Crossed the Road I Was Born On”, “Time Forks Perpetually Towards Innumerable Futures in one of them I Am Your Enemy.

Note: The title of the last poem in this book comes from a line by Borges.

7. THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU
battlefield
a. First edition:
Fayetteville / Seattle: Lost Roads Publishing Company / Mill Mountain Press, 1977
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 8.5″, 542 pages. Published as Lost Roads 7-12.

Contents: “The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You”.

Note: Cover photograph taken the last day of the war, Tan Son Nhut Airport, Saigon,  April 29, 1975.

b. Second edition
Barrington: Lost Roads Publishers, 2000
New preface by C.D. Wright.

8. CRIB DEATH
cribdFirst edition:
Kensington: Ironwood Press, 1978
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages.

Contents: “Amaranth”, “A Woman Driving a Stake into the Ground at Midnight”, “Taking Your Life”, “Strange Roads Before Light”, “Lost Recipe”, “The Angel of Death”, “Knew it was Love, Felt is was Glory, The Home Movie of Those Who Are Dead Now: In This House”, “The Boy Who Shot Weathercocks”, “More Biscuits”, “A Milk Truck Running into a Crazy Maid”, “Island Funeral”, “The Movie of Those Who Are Dead Now”, “Why the Moon is in the Outhouse”, “Blue Yodel a Prairie”, “Memory is Like a Shotgun Kicking You Near the Heart”, “The Dead Man’s Fiddle, Death & The Arkansas River: Between Love and Death”, “Dreams of a River I Waded with Others”, “Would You Like to Lie Down with the Light on and Cry”, “Blue Yodel of the Lost Child”, “The Lunatic”, “Death and the Arkansas River, The Light the Dead See: Fire Left By Travellers”, “A Beautiful Woman Came Down to the Sawmill”, “The Neighbor’s Wife”, “Terrorism”, “Only One Set in the Singer’s Eyes”, “Living the Good Life”, “The Light the Dead See”.

9. YOU
you
a. First edition:
Fayetteville: Lost Roads Publishing, 1979
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 52 pages. Cover photograph by Richard Albertine. Printed by White River Printers. Published as Lost Roads Number 15.

Contents: “Handling Paper with Cold Hands”, “Jonquils”, “Spirits”, “Postcard to Lucia”, “Epiphanies”, “Boots”, “Braids”, “Parole”, “Freedom, Revolt, and Love”, “The History of John Stoss”.

b. Second edition:
Providence: Lost Roads Publishers, 2008

10. CONDITIONS UNCERTAIN AND LIKELY TO PASS AWAY: TALES
First edition:
Lost Roads Publishers, 1990
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 152 pages. Published as Lost Roads Number 37.



11. LIGHT THE DEAD SEE: SELECTED POEMS OF FRANK STANFORD
First edition:
Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1991
Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75″ x 9″, 112 pages. Edited and with an introduction by Leon Stokesbury.

12. SEARCH PARTY
First edition:
Fayetteville: Lost Roads Publishers, 2008
Broadside, 8.5″ x 13.75″. Designed by Cannibal Books and printed at the Effing Press for The Frank Stanford Literary Festival, Fayetteville, October 17-19, 2008.

13. WHAT ABOUT THIS: COLLECTED POEMS OF FRANK STANFORD, edited by Michael Wiegers
First edition:
Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press, April 2015
Hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 764 pages. Introduction by Dean Young.

14. DREAMT BY A MAN IN A FIELD
First edition:
Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press, 2015
Broadside, 8″ x 9.25″. Printed at The North Press.

15. HIDDEN WATER: FROM THE FRANK STANFORD ARCHIVES
First edition:
Nashville: Third Man Books, 2015
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 200 pages.