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?