The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You (Lost Roads Series: 50) (Paperback)
"This single 15,283-line poem is a testament to Stanford's brief, explosive career before his suicide at age 29. Reading this gargantuan work is a truly disorienting, mesmerizing, and breathtaking experience. Lack of punctuation and stanzas forces the reader to really sit with the poem and work hard to mine out the riches therein. It's worth it, though. I'd include this text among books like Ulysses, Gravity's Rainbow, and Infinite Jest as a comparable example of maximalism and unrelenting brilliance at work. To quote C.D. Wright (his friend and former lover) from the book's preface, 'I believe that the poem anchored him to the world, and that it stood solidly between himself and a much earlier death than he died. He wrote: "I'll just bleed so the stars will have something dark to shine in." What can you say to that.' This is something that deserves to be witnessed." - Max— From Max's Staff Picks
Poetry. Frank Stanford was called by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alan Dugan a brilliant poet, ample in his work, like Whitman. He was the founder of Lost Roads Publishers and the author of a number of important works, among them the epic THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU, reprinted by Lost Roads under the editorship of Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright. Frank Stanford said his purpose in his writing and with his press was to 'reclaim the landscape of American poetry' - The Arkansas Times. Stanford ended his own life in 1978 when he was 29. The reprinting of this major book is a truly important, much anticipated literary event.