Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives is 200 pages of unpublished poems, photographs, artwork, and facsimiles of typesheets, handwrtten drafts, and letters. A preface is written by editor Michael Wiegers and an appreciation by Stanford’s friend Steve Stern. The book also includes downloadable audio of special guests reading Stanford’s poetry. Hidden Water complements Copper Canyon Press’s definitive Frank Stanford collection What About This and is a must for any lover of Stanford.
Born in 1948, Frank 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. Stanford died in 1978. He authored over ten books of poetry, including eight volumes in the last seven years of his life.