Tuesday, November 20, 2012

News at Eleven: The caption beside the stone man's photo

in [Robert] Francis's autobiography--like the poems themselves, and the man who wrote them--is self-abnegating yet revealingly self-insistent: "Origin Unknown, Age Undetermined, Sex Uncertain, Meaning Undeciphered, Endurance Unlimited, Integrity Unimpeachable."

Attempting to account for this divided self in Francis's poems, author Andrew Stambuk has argued that the true subject explored by Francis, a homosexual who didn't enter into his first relationship until he was nearly 60, is "the bottling up of desire."

from The Weekly Standard: A Natural Poet


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