Hundred-Year Wave (Paperback)

By Rachel Richardson

Carnegie Mellon University Press, 9780887486104, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 3, 2016

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In Rachel Richardson’s second collection of poems, she juxtaposes the grand quests of Ahab and Melville with the quotidian journeys of contemporary life. Hundred-Year Wave launches stories of marriage and motherhood over the currents of a nearly mythological ancestry: women and men who built their possessions out of iron and flour and whalebone and wool. If reaching back into the past is akin to plumbing a depth, then Richardson exhibits the rare abilities of craft to build, from our language, vessels light enough to travel on that element, but sturdy enough to weather the storms we are likely to find there.

About the Author

RACHEL RICHARDSON has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. Her first book, Copperhead, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and her poetry and prose have appeared in Guernica, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Poetry Foundation website, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. A contributing editor at Memorious, she lives with her family in Greensboro, North Carolina.