Circle of Light
In Another Room I Am Drinking Eggs from a Boot
Friend of the Enemy
The Arkansas Prison System
Weariness of Men
The Light the Dead See
[“The Last Supper”] from The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
Frank Stanford was born in 1948 and died just shy of his 30th birthday in1978 at his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the victim of three self-inflicted pistol wounds to the heart. A prolific poet known for his originality and ingenuity — dubbed “a swamprat Rimbaud” by Lorenzo Thomas and “one of the great voices of death” by Franz Wright. He was raised in Mississippi, Tennessee, and then Arkansas, where he lived for most of his life and wrote many of his most elegant, eerie, spooky, powerful poems. He attended the University of Arkansas from 1967-9 and studied engineering while continuing to write poetry. He authored over ten books of poetry, including eight volumes in the last seven years of his life: The Singing Knives (1972), Ladies from Hell (1974), Field Talk (1974), Shade (1975), Arkansas Bench Stone (1975), Constant Stranger (1976), The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You (1977), and Crib Death (1978). Some of the poems above are also from an unpublished manuscript.