by Kevin Sampsell, October 28, 2008 10:27 AM
Frank Stanford was an Arkansas poet who died in 1978 at the age of 29. Thankfully, much of his work has been preserved and republished since then, despite the poet's shamefully small audience. His work is like a dark, gothic country song full of yearning and strange hallucinatory language. The Singing Knives is one of his most startling.