Seattle, WA and Fayetteville, AR: Mill Mountain Press / Lost Roads 1977, No. 7-12. First Edition. The poet's magnum opus, published one year before his suicide in 1978. Stanford's landmark primitive style of poetry, which involved strange tall tales and recurring characters, rivers, and a constant focus on death, has attained an almost mythical status among students of avant-garde and expressionistic poetry over the past three decades.
Contemporary poets such as Alan Dugan, Franz Wright, Lorenzo Thomas, James Wright, and Richard Eberhardt have praised Stanford's work, Wright having once called him "one of the great voices of death". Overnight readings of "Battlefield" have taken place at universities across the United States since his death. Lost Roads Press, a small imprint formed by Stanford and C.D. Wright in 1976, reissued three of his works, including a corrected edition of "Battlefield," in 2008.
About Fine and unread in perfect bound wrappers. A superb example.