"Deeply rooted in the human history and natural order of his native state, Richard Wakefield's A VERTICAL MILE depicts life in rural Washington—people, animals, plants, geological formations, the weather and the seasons. Building on his powerful and impressive first collection, East of Early Winters, Wakefield, in A VERTICAL MILE, has now firmly established himself as one of America's foremost formal poets. In their memorable presentation by way of deftly employed narrative, meter, rhyme, metaphor, symbol, and diction, the poems in this new collection, once read, cannot be easily dislodged from the mind. That, in itself, is evidence that Wakefield's best poems are a permanent addition to American letters."—David Middleton
|Publisher:||Able Muse Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Richard Wakefield, born in Renton, Washington, in 1952, earned his Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington-Seattle with a dissertation on the poetry of Robert Frost. For nearly thirty years he has taught literature and composition at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington-Tacoma. For over twenty-five years he has been a reviewer of fiction, literature, biography, and literary criticism for the Seattle Times. His poetry collection East of Early Winters (University of Evansville Press, 2006) received the Richard Wilbur Award. His poem "Petrarch" won the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He and his wife, Catherine, have been married thirty-nine years and have two grown daughters.