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Hundred-Year Wave
Rachel Richardson



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2016 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-610-4



Hundred-Year Wave is a gorgeous book that borrows its vast subject matter from new parenthood, marriage, the ocean, whales, and Sylvia Plath. The poet... [continued in Reviews below]”—Victoria Chang,

New Poetry

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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

Hundred-Year Wave is a gorgeous book that borrows its vast subject matter from new parenthood, marriage, the ocean, whales, and Sylvia Plath. The poet knits each poem with such care—stitch by stitch, loop by loop, word after word into an effortless collection of quiet yet haunting music lush with texture and feeling. Her gifts are wide and deep like the ocean, as she shows us that “we are not lost / in the vast expanse of lostness.””—Victoria Chang

“Immaculately yet organically structured, Rachel Richardson's Hundred-Year Wave dives and sails and swims from the cosmic to the personal, accounting for the epical, sublime and tragic, and the lyrical, hymnal and elegiac. The sea is the book's domain and the source of energy, its grief and solace; and in wave after wave of remarkable poetry bearing wit and grit and tenderness, it heralds the arrival of a poet of great poise and prodigious lyrical gifts. —Khaled Mattawa

From the Book:

They're dead, they're dead, they're dead!,
he trills, delight welling up that a sound
could be a hammer, could open
and close across his palate in the single
syllable.



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.



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