[Two poems]

By Frank Stanford 1948–1978 Frank Stanford
evening the priest

let three rivers flow
and a woman sing to her child








I am afraid a woman
Will burn my hair

Estate of Frank Stanford © C.D. Wright

Source: Approacheth the Ship and Wonder (Unpublished Collection, 1964)

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Poet Frank Stanford 1948–1978

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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Born in 1948, Stanford was a prolific poet known for his originality and ingenuity. He has been dubbed “a swamprat 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. He attended the University of Arkansas from 1967-9 and studied engineering while continuing to . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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