A dead father’s general store in the desert: US poet with tragic family back-story wins National Poetry Competition

An American poet with a traumatic family background has won this year’s National Poetry Competition, organised by the Poetry Society. Lee Stockdale won with his poem ‘My Dead Father’s General Store in the Middle of a Desert’. His father, Grant Stockdale, a former US ambassador to Ireland, was a close friend of President John Kennedy, and jumped to his death 10 days after the killing of the president. Lee Stockdale grew up in C...

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