By Richard Wakefield

A VERTICAL MILE from Richard Wakefield is a finalist within the 2011 capable Muse e-book Award. Keenly saw issues approximately humans and the land they stay in express a profound experience of awe sooner than common good looks and a love of kingdom lifestyles, whereas spotting the impression of indifference and inexorable technological development. incorporated are poems approximately formative years, seasonal alterations, climbing, faith and its questions and doubts, lifestyles and demise, human origins. those poems of beautiful artistry convey Wakefield in whole command of his craft. This a memorable assortment whose insights and pleasures aren't to be missed.


Deeply rooted within the human background and traditional order of his local kingdom, Richard Wakefield’s A Vertical Mile depicts existence in rural Washington—people, animals, vegetation, geological formations, the elements and the seasons. construction on his strong and bold first assortment East of Early Winters, Wakefield, in A Vertical Mile, has now firmly validated himself as considered one of America’s most advantageous 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 proof that Wakefield’s top 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 exhibits us a lot approximately ourselves and a number of the worlds we inhabit, frequently of our personal making. What he unearths can 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 really is bound 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 complicated and compelling tales approximately usual humans residing with reference to the land. yet there’s not anything nostalgic right here. There’s compassion, and decency, yet by no means a simple solution. Wakefield’s number of traditional shape is a wry and refined touch upon the modern second, and his mastery of that shape increases his paintings in particular 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 through 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


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 collage of Washington-Tacoma. For over twenty-five years he has been a reviewer of fiction, literature, biography, and literary feedback for the Seattle occasions. His poetry assortment, East of Early Winters (University of Evansville Press, 2006), got 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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