[N.P.]: . Original typescripts for Frank Stanford's Shade. Comprised of a total of 41 onionskin pages, three with hand-corrections. Of these, 30 pages are stapled together by Stanford and represent a near-complete match to the book's final contents; while three poems included in the published book are missing from this, present in the packet are six poems cut in advance of going to press. Also included are 11 loose pages of typescripts of poems included in the final version of Shade. This collection provides a unique opportunity for understanding Stanford's final selection and organization process for a chapbook that has remained one of his most influential works.
Stanford's haunting and incisive collection came toward the middle of his brief career, and it carries the hallmarks of a maturing poetic voice. No longer a novice writer, Stanford had come into his own by this point; his haunting sense of rhythm and imagery brings the reader into intense contact with ideas of death, solitude, and angst. Poems like Tryst and Slow Rag of the Yearbook reveal a preoccupation with those difficult moments that can never be fully put into words. Works like Black Swan and Swirl of Dust in the Cottonfields, meanwhile, capture both a sense of the Southern landscape and the violent anger of people inhabiting it. In addition to containing these poems, the collection also shows that some poetry that later made its way to other volumes -- like Field Talk -- may not have been originally intended for them. As a poet with a massive oeuvre to draw from, Stanford was able to switch pieces and alter the shapes of chapbooks before publication. And in the large, stapled batch of Shade poems here are included works like Pasture Dream and The Long Staircase are included despite appearing in print elsewhere. A rich and important gathering of works. (Item #3023)