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Poetry. Frank Stanford was called by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alan Dugan a brilliant poet, ample in his work, like Whitman. He was the founder of Lost Roads Publishers and the author of a number of important works, among them the epic THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU, reprinted by Lost Roads under the editorship of Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright. Frank Stanford said his purpose in his writing and with his press was to 'reclaim the landscape of American poetry' - The Arkansas Times. Stanford ended his own life in 1978 when he was 29. The reprinting of this major book is a truly important, much anticipated literary event.

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Frank Stanford (August 1, 1948 - June 3, 1978) was a prolific American poet. He is most known for his epic THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU, a labyrinthine, highly lexical book absent stanzas and punctuation. In addition, Stanford published six shorter books of poetry throughout his 20s, and three posthumous collections of his writings (as well as a book of selected poems) have also been published. Just shy of his 30th birthday, Stanford died on June 3, 1978, in his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the victim of three self-inflicted pistol wounds to the heart. In the three decades since, he has become somewhat of a cult figure in American letters.

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Stephanie Rigsby, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Stephanie Rigsby)
A book exploring the meaning of life while interweaving in, the fantasy of its kismet multi-dimensions. This epic-length poem runs like a sinuous thought, moves like a river- steady by consistency, inconsistent only by the varying degrees each idea jumps to its next leap. A meander that explores, along the way, where you go: to end up.
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EZEebs, February 5, 2008 (view all comments by EZEebs)
This 15000 line stream-of-consciousness poem contains no punctuation and no paragraphs. I have perhaps never been more intimidated by a work of literature and it took me about 80 hours to read, so it's not for the faint of heart. It's also the among the best works I've ever read. The text drifts in and out of the macabre mind of a twelve-year-old boy, with the snatches of plot revolving his interactions with adults. Gristly at times, sexual, certainly, and some of the darkest thoughts I've ever heard are deep within the world written, as the author described, "with self involution and dreamlike continuity". If you have the heart and can find a copy, you should read it without question.
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