Ann Stanford, an Undernoticed Poet

Ever heard of the poet Ann Stanford? This article explores her work and why she, and other fine poets, don’t get the attention they deserve.

And that was a time when there were simply fewer poets. Today there are so many poets, so many people writing poetry, so many possible venues for publishing (self-publishing, blogs, online zines, e-books, and print magazines and books) that it’s hard to rise above the masses and get noticed. Someone who remembered Ms. Stanford as a teacher wrote this article and republished some of her work. She was well-established in her lifetime, publishing in major journals and winning awards. What factors are involved in a poet’s work surviving the limits of time and collective memory?

Here is a poem of hers which speaks to the very predicament described above. We seek a life after death in the form of a work of art which people can enjoy long after we are gone. Some will achieve this and others, not so much. Is it the quality of the work, luck, connections, historical events, or a combination of factors?


Two New Poems in Wordgathering, a Must-Read Site

Wordgathering is an online magazine that specializes in disability literature (both by disabled writers and non-disabled writers who have a connection with disability and are writing about it), and in addition to poetry and fiction, also publishes essays, reviews, and articles relevant to the subject of disability. And two of my poems, “The Circumference of Pain” and “Now”, appear in the current issue! This venue has some amazing work, as well as two interviews with two blind writers that are so good I consider them in some way, for me, life-changing. It is an issue well worth your time with a theme that may surprise you. In fact, the element of surprise is one of those great benefits of reading this webzine.

Also featured in this issue is Anna M. Evans’ anthology about living with Alzheimer’s, Forgetting Home, a collection which is reviewed in the issue.,