By Richard Wakefield
PRAISE FOR A VERTICAL MILE:
Deeply rooted within the human background and ordinary order of his local nation, Richard Wakefield’s A Vertical Mile depicts existence in rural Washington—people, animals, vegetation, geological formations, the elements and the seasons. construction on his robust and bold first assortment East of Early Winters, Wakefield, in A Vertical Mile, has now firmly confirmed himself as certainly one of America’s most efficient formal poets. of their memorable presentation when it comes to deftly hired narrative, meter, rhyme, metaphor, image, and diction, the poems during this new assortment, as soon as learn, can't be simply dislodged from the brain. That, in itself, is proof that Wakefield’s most sensible poems are an enduring addition to American letters.
– David Middleton
Richard Wakefield crafts his verse to exacting criteria but retains it uncontrived. all through A Vertical Mile, Wakefield indicates us a lot approximately ourselves and a number of the worlds we inhabit, usually of our personal making. What he finds might be sobering or a laugh, uplifting or distressing. yet, carried by way of a voice as flexible because the intelligence at the back of it, it's guaranteed to shock and enjoyment us as well.
– David Sanders (from the “Foreword”)
Richard Wakefield writes with a unprecedented metrical ability that calls to brain the poetry of Robert Frost, and prefer Frost he tells difficult and compelling tales approximately traditional humans residing as regards to the land. yet there’s not anything nostalgic the following. There’s compassion, and decency, yet by no means a simple solution. Wakefield’s number of traditional shape is a wry and sophisticated touch upon the modern second, and his mastery of that shape increases his paintings specifically the chaos and fads. No, those poems aren't nostalgic. they're timeless.
– Chris Anderson
The arc of discovery is what one traverses in Richard Wakefield’s poetry. it can be a remembered seascape made new via the dirt of familial ashes or a misplaced city, lined by way of a century of a forest’s reclaiming development. As a poet of the outdoors—one who sees and, seeing, makes new what he has seen—Wakefield is unsurpassed.
– R.S. Gwynn
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Wakefield, born in Renton, Washington, in 1952, earned his Ph.D. in American Literature on the collage of Washington-Seattle with a dissertation at the poetry of Robert Frost. for almost thirty years he has taught literature and composition at Tacoma neighborhood university and the collage of Washington-Tacoma. For over twenty-five years he has been a reviewer of fiction, literature, biography, and literary feedback for the Seattle instances. His poetry assortment, East of Early Winters (University of Evansville Press, 2006), bought the Richard Wilbur Award. His poem “Petrarch” gained the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He and his spouse, Catherine, were married thirty-nine years and feature grown daughters.
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