Frank Stanford

Frank Stanford

Mississippi / United States
Frank Stanford
Mississippi / United States
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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 poem without stanzas or punctuation. In addition, Stanford published six shorter books of poetry throughout his 20s, and three posthumous collections of his writings (as well as a ...
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They caught them.
They were sitting at a table in the kitchen.
It was early.
They had on bathrobes.
Dead Orchard
Like seven birds sleeping on the plateau
Overlooking the shipwreck of love, mystery
Of the drunken visitors wandering off
With your wife, men who talk with a bad accent,
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The white clothes on the line put the man to sleep.
He was sitting on a soda case
Leaning back on the porch.
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Is like a lyric poem
with seven basic themes
first the cottonpicker
When the rain hits the snake in the head,
he closes his eyes and wishes he were
asleep in a tire on the side of the road,


Michael Morgan 04 September 2014
Unfortunately, snakes cannot close their eyes.
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