Seattle: Mill Mountain Press, 1975. First Edition. Tall trade paperbound volume of poems by the cult poet hero, Frank Stanford. Drawings by Ginny Crouch Stanford. 30 pages. A sharp, Fine copy in simple bound blue wrappers, lettered in red. The author's fourth collection and one of the more elusive books in his all too brief career.
Considered an example of his maturing voice, Field Talk "dealt with tension between the narrative and the lyric, between the allegorical and the personal...by the time he reached his peak with Field Talk, he combined the two impulses into a unified voice" (Howell). The poems in field talk range from one and two ling impressionistic pieces "I hold the knife underwater / the boats come by" to longer pieces that seem to draw from Stanford's mysterious adventures. Fine (Item #4001)