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The Warrior: A Mother's Story of a Son at War

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A "heart-rending"(Anna Quindlen, Newsweek) memoir-in-verse that speaks to a mother's love for her son

When Frances Richey's only child, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret, went on the first of his two deployments to Iraq, she began to write the twenty-eight unflinching poems that make up The Warrior. This urgent and intensely personal collection describes the world of those who wait while their loved ones are in combat or ...

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Overview

A "heart-rending"(Anna Quindlen, Newsweek) memoir-in-verse that speaks to a mother's love for her son

When Frances Richey's only child, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret, went on the first of his two deployments to Iraq, she began to write the twenty-eight unflinching poems that make up The Warrior. This urgent and intensely personal collection describes the world of those who wait while their loved ones are in combat or perilous situations; it is universal in its expression of the longing, anguish, love, and hope that constitute close relationships.

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Poet Frances Richey was born in West Virginia, went to college in Kentucky, and works in New York City. But she owes at least some of her impetus as a writer to her 33-year-old son's two tours in Iraq. "This is how I keep myself together," she says of her recent poems. "They tell him how I feel without my saying, 'I support you, but I'm scared you may never come home.' " This collection of verse by the winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize speaks for the families of all the troops who have served in Middle East war zones.
David Orr
The Warrior is the poetic equivalent of a movie like "The Shawshank Redemption": unsurprising and sentimental on the one hand, likable and competently constructed on the other. Those last two qualities, however, are enough to make this collection one of the best mass-market poetry books in years.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143115113
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,358,609
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Richey was born in Williamson, West Virginia and grew up in Charleston, WV. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. After working in the business world for almost two decades, she left to teach yoga and write. She is the author of one previous collection of poetry, The Burning Point, which won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was released in 2004.

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Table of Contents

The Aztec Empire 3

The Barn Swallows 5

The Movers 7

Letters 10

The Book of Secrets 12

The Warrior 14

In a Time of War 18

Dream of the Lost Son 21

Kill School 25

Waiting 27

One Week Before Deployment 31

Packing 31

To the Helmet 33

His Gun 34

Sightseeing 37

I Had Promised Not to Cry 39

Inventory 40

Thetis 43

Mourning in Sadr City 47

Home on Leave 48

He Tell Each Story 51

School for Commandos 52

A Walk Through the Seventh Regiment Armory 54

Cab Ride to Chelsea 56

The Worst Thing 57

Christmas Dinner with My Son in Arlington Heights 58

E-Mail from a Secret Location in Iraq: Re: The Puppies 63

Time Out 66

The Powerlifter 67

Thor 69

Incommunicado 72

Collisions 74

Four Fragments from the Hall of the Madonnas 76

The Canal 78

Notes 81

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