THE SINGING KNIVES
Mill Mountain Press, Seattle, Washington, 1971. First edition. Illustrated wrappers as issued. The noted experimental poet’s first book, involving strange tall tales and recurring characters, rivers, and a constant focus on death. Broughton, publisher of Mill Mountain Press, met Stanford in June, 1970, at the Hollins Conference on Creative Writing and Cinema, where he read Stanford’s work and agreed to publish his first book. The two spent much of 1972 traveling through the South and New England, where together they interviewed and filmed Malcolm Cowley, John Crowe Ransom, and Richard Eberhart, who offered them his cottage on Cape Rosier. Author’s extremely uncommon first book, a volume of poetry. Stanford was an Arkansas poet who committed suicide at age 29 in 1979, and who has since achieved cult status. Worn sun-faded covers. Beautiful.