‘To my father’, 1988, a poem by Lee Franclemont

My grandmother also wrote a number of poems and short stories, and this one, “To My Father” was published in 1988 in the American Poetry Anthology, Vol. 8 No. 2. (however, I don’t know when it was written). This little poem says a lot about the special relationship between Lee and her father.

Lee Franclemont, 'To My Father', published 1988 in American Poetry Anthology Vol. 8 No. 2.

Lee Franclemont, ‘To My Father’, published 1988 in American Poetry Anthology Vol. 8 No. 2.

More about the American Poetry Association

Publisher: American Poetry Association
Years of operation: 1982-1990
Sample advertisements: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

“The American Poetry Association (Santa Cruz, Calif.) published The American Poetry Anthology between 1982 and 1989. Three to five volumes were published each year. A 1984 article in The Milwaukee Journal notes that the name of the series editor, John Frost, was a pseudonym used for the company’s entire editorial staff. Beginning with vol. 8, no. 3 (1988), the editor name John Frost was replaced with the name Robert Nelson. Contest entrants were required to buy at least one copy of the anthology to ensure their poem’s publication. Volumes include an author index. The Library of Congress holds all volumes through vol. 9, no. 4 (1989).

The American Poetry Association also published a Best New Poets of … anthology (the Library holds volumes for 1986-1989) and several other publications, some of which are held by the Library. Other publications are listed in WorldCat.”

 — As seen on US Library of Congress website, “Contest Poems” page


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