The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You. Frank Stanford.
The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You

The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You

Fayetteville: Lost Roads Publishing Company, 1977. First edition. 8vo, 542 pp, printed wraps.

The first edition of the greatest American epic poem. The cover features a newswire photograph of corpses and grievers taken on the last day of the Vietnam War at the Saigon airport, an image which tied the work to the era in which it was composed and published in a striking way, and which was curiously removed from the reprint. The original design, with the titles in Century Schoolbook bold, all lower case and left-aligned in red, combined with the stark imagery of the newswire photograph and the physical heft of the book worked to sear it physically into our memory, a visual representation uniting a small but passionate readership.

A somewhat battered copy, well-creased at the spine, with soiling to wraps, including the faint ink ghost of a phone number to cover, and a previous owner's gift inscription to first blank "Merry Christmas, Adelle. 1981." Those few copies that made it into circulation at the time of publication tend to have been obsessively reread. Item #25720

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