By Richard Wakefield
PRAISE FOR A VERTICAL MILE:
Deeply rooted within the human heritage and usual order of his local country, Richard Wakefield’s A Vertical Mile depicts lifestyles in rural Washington—people, animals, crops, geological formations, the elements and the seasons. construction on his robust and ambitious first assortment East of Early Winters, Wakefield, in A Vertical Mile, has now firmly confirmed himself as one in all America’s most effective formal poets. of their memorable presentation in terms of 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 facts that Wakefield’s most sensible poems are an everlasting 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 could be sobering or fun, uplifting or distressing. yet, carried via a voice as flexible because the intelligence in the back of it, it truly is bound to shock and enjoyment us as well.
– David Sanders (from the “Foreword”)
Richard Wakefield writes with an extraordinary metrical ability that calls to brain the poetry of Robert Frost, and prefer Frost he tells elaborate and compelling tales approximately usual humans residing with regards to the land. yet there’s not anything nostalgic right here. There’s compassion, and decency, yet by no means a simple resolution. Wakefield’s selection of traditional shape is a wry and refined touch upon the modern second, and his mastery of that shape increases his paintings certainly the chaos and fads. No, those poems are usually not 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 by way of the airborne dirt and dust of familial ashes or a misplaced city, coated via 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 college 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” received the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He and his spouse, Catherine, were married thirty-nine years and feature grown daughters.
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