[N.P]: 1964. Near Fine four page typescript on paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. Some gentle dust soiling to first page, not affecting text; else a fresh and pleasing copy of this rare work. With Stanford's handwritten annotations appearing on all pages in pencil or red ink.
Though Stanford wrote Poems Waiting for the Sorghum in 1964, it would not appear in print until 37 years after his death. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Stanford's publisher, Irv Broughton, in which Broughton explains that this "was one of the poems Stanford sent to me so we could consider its placement in a future book." Close collaborators throughout Stanford's career, the two frequently shared drafts and discussed Stanford's writing process. Though both author and publisher believed in the quality of this piece, "It was something we were unable to finalize because of [Stanford's] death." An important piece of literary history, this typescript marks Stanford's personal edits on a poem that would not publicly appear until 2015. Near Fine (Item #2289)