The Singing Knives. Frank Stanford.

The Singing Knives

Fayetteville, AS: Lost Roads Press, 1979. Paperback. Offset printed on white pebbled paper and perfect bound in lavender wraps printed in silver ink, with a drawing of a knife by C. D. Wright to the front panel. Limited to 1000 copies.

The second, limited edition of Stanford's first published book, originally published by Mill Mountain Press in 1971. This edition, published shortly after Stanford's death, adds two poems which did not appear in the 1971 edition. This is a book that has long puzzled us, as there are two different versions of this posthumuous edition of his first book. This copy features a striking cover by C. D. Wright, printed in silver ink. There is another state which has a very different cover silkscreened by David Hurley, and which adds an unattributed afterword not found in this copy.

The colophon of both editions is the same, and mentions the curious fact that there are two runs of 500 copies each. We wonder if the two versions of the book were perhaps issued at the same time, perhaps in order to have a version with and a version without the afterword - another wrinkle in Stanford's strange publishing history.

Near fine with some light, uneven fading, light bump to lower tip, and a Brown Bookstore sticker to first blank page.

With the recent publication of Copper Canyon's big Stanford book, this century is beginning to realize that Stanford was the great American poet of the last. Item #25815

Price: $200.00

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