By Richard Wakefield
PRAISE FOR A VERTICAL MILE:
Deeply rooted within the human background and typical order of his local kingdom, Richard Wakefield’s A Vertical Mile depicts lifestyles in rural Washington—people, animals, vegetation, geological formations, the elements and the seasons. development on his strong and ambitious first assortment East of Early Winters, Wakefield, in A Vertical Mile, has now firmly confirmed himself as one among America’s ultimate 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 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 exhibits us a lot approximately ourselves and some of the worlds we inhabit, frequently of our personal making. What he unearths will be sobering or fun, uplifting or distressing. yet, carried by way of a voice as flexible because the intelligence in the back of it, it truly is guaranteed 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 difficult and compelling tales approximately usual humans residing on the subject of 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 mainly the chaos and fads. No, those poems will not be 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, lined via a century of a forest’s reclaiming progress. 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 collage and the college 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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