Fayetteville, AR: 1978. A late letter by Stanford to the poet Karl Elder, who functioned as poetry editor of Seems, the literary magazine published by the English Department at Southwest Missouri State University (under Jerome Klinkowitz). Elder and Stanford had known each other for several years, since the latter was a relatively unknown poet who had sent Elder a few poems for submission. Stanford mentions receiving a copy of Seems #9 that Elder sent him, in which his poem "Living the Good Life" first appears (it would be included later the same year in Crib Death, Stanford's first posthumously published collection). He hoped to see Elder in the spring, explaining that he was buried in work, and trying to see C.D. Wright's book Terrorism into publication. He asks Elder to help him secure a copy of V.H. Cruz's Mainland, and that he was enclosing copies of Lost Roads numbers 1-12. "A review of the books would help if you can get into it." Stanford would die by his own hand on June 3, 1978. Letters by him appear very infrequently in commerce. Item #5981
Original typed letter, dated February 15, 1978, on a single sheet of powder grey Lost Roads letterhead (measuring ca.8.5" x 11"); 32 lines (211 words), and signed "Yours, Frank" in black felt-tipped pen. Two old folds smoothed out, tiny spot of correction fluid; Near Fine. Accompanied by a copy of Seems #9 (Springfield, MO: Southwest Missouri State University, 1978). Small quarto (21.75cm); original pictorial card wrappers, stapled; 42pp; illus. Some trivial wear along the spine-fold, else Fine.