Seattle, WA: The Mill Mountain Press, 1971. First Edition. A Near Fine copy of the book, bound without one page, 41-42, the first page of the poem The Snake Doctors. Signed by the author for the publisher (without dedication) on the half title. Otherwise a clean, attractive copy of the book. Quite scarce to find signed by the author.
"Stanford brings an entirely new aspect to poetry in this volume, and newness rides, as it does in Stanford's case, on an intense energy shared between writer and reader, a human connection for which the young often hunger" (Henricksen). Considered one of his greatest works, leading up to his magnum opus The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You, The Singing Knives is a strong poetic collection that has all the hallmarks of Stanford's unique style. In its flow, its preoccupations and meditations on life, death, and memory, and its connection to haunting Southern spaces, it is one of the greatest modern contributions to American poetry. Near Fine (Item #2458)