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Frank Stanford: “YOU” - Greg Brownderville reads “The Singing Knives” by Frank Stanford

Updated: Jul 25, 2019





See Greg Brownderville read the title poem from The Singing Knives, Frank Stanford’s first volume of poetry, originally published in 1971 by Mill Mountain Press. The reading is taken from an interview he conducted with the filmmakers for the documentary Frank Stanford: “YOU”.  Look forward to weekly blog posts with more content relating to the upcoming film.

Greg Brownderville is the author of three books of poetry: A Horse with Holes in It, Gust, and Deep Down in the Delta. He also wrote the words to a musical composition titled Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville’s books have made the Poetry Foundation’s Best-Seller List and have been included among “Top Picks” by the Library Journal. At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, he serves as editor in chief of Southwest Review, director of creative writing, and associate professor of English.

Frank Stanford: “YOU" is an upcoming feature-length experimental documentary film on the life and work of poet Frank Stanford.


Stanford is a mythical figure in the world of American Southern poetry. Frank Stanford: ”YOU" explores and demystifies the poet’s life and legacy.


Frank Stanford was born in Richton, Mississippi, but grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and Mountain Home, Arkansas, before attending graduate-level poetry workshops at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville—the same town in which he took his own life. The film features interviews and readings from Frank Stanford's friends, family, scholars, and admirers.


Frank Stanford: “YOU” is Directed by John Burcham Erwin and Produced by Erwin and the poet Z.D. Harrod.

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