What with the political goings-on, we completely forgot to mark the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in Arkansas letters:
Thirty years ago yesterday, the Arkansas poet Frank Stanford committed suicide by shooting himself three times in the heart with a .22 caliber pistol. Only 29 years old, he had already been hailed as a great new voice on the American scene, likened to Rimbaud and Ginsburg. Who knows what he might have accomplished had he lived?
Here, read from a large archive of Stanford's poems, essays and letters
, and the first 30 lines of his epic, 15,000 line poem "The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You."
As it so happens, one of the publications who marked Stanford's loss back in 1978 was a fledgling Arkansas Times.