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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A day late...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 3:50 PM

What with the political goings-on, we completely forgot to mark the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in Arkansas letters:

Thirty years ago yesterday, the Arkansas poet Frank Stanford committed suicide by shooting himself three times in the heart with a .22 caliber pistol. Only 29 years old, he had already been hailed as a great new voice on the American scene, likened to Rimbaud and Ginsburg. Who knows what he might have accomplished had he lived?

Here, read from a large archive of Stanford's poems, essays and letters, and the first 30 lines of his epic, 15,000 line poem "The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You." 

As it so happens, one of the publications who marked Stanford's loss back in 1978 was a fledgling Arkansas Times. 

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