[Hotel New Orleans. Eureka Springs, Arkansas]: [January 12, 1973]. 6 page Autograph Letter Signed in blue marker on three sheets of lined 8.5 x 11" paper with original trifold lines. Accompanied by the transmittal envelope with author and recipient's addresses and stamped with the date. An exceptional, lengthy, and intimate letter about Stanford's work.
In a long letter beginning a new year, Stanford discusses progress on his work, supports Broughton's project ideas, expresses frustration at journal editors, and considers where his poetry fits in the world. It is a document that preserves Stanford's honest thoughts and reveals his processes. From the start, he is brimming with energy: "Now, I only have time for a note, but I'm rearing to go. The projects on Boyle and Lawrence's mistress and everything sound great! I am willing to do anything, as I said." He also updates Broughton on the status of his own projects and expands on how they might move ahead with collaboration. "I AM doing some fiction, so that is why I'm here and on a farm until spring...Since Dugan, who has rapidly ascended out of the ashes of his old man near the sea role says you'd do well...use as much of my work as you can, I will of course write - type - so you can read them, all kinds of ideas on film, and you can put your name to them...In this way, we can be the TWO NEW YOUNG MEN OF POETRY CINEMA AND HAVE A MAGAZINE TO DO IT." His keeps this energy up despite the fact that "The fucking Antioch Review won't send my ms. back, they've had it for A YEAR!!!!"
Towards the letter's end, Stanford shifts focus onto his own work and its importance. "It is not often that a mind like mine comes along...You wait...The holy spirit and the muse make love: my poetry. I said the above when I was 15. I don't feel pretentious saying it either." (Item #3013)