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Richard Wakefield

Posted by admin on December 26, 2011

Richard Wakefield’s collection East of Early Winters received the 2006 Richard Wilbur Award. His poem “Petrarch” won the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He teaches writing and literature at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, Tacoma.



A Scattering

That Friday all the valley came to fill

the church. Next day, alone, she bore the box

of ashes through their pasture, up the hill,

until she reached the outcrop where the rocks

and lack of water starved the few bleak blades

of grass that rooted there, a barren spot

from which they two in spring had counted shades

of green across the valley — here a plot

of Timothy, and over there a stand

of prime alfalfa, curves of cottonwood

and pine like verdant veins across the land,

then closer, where their barn and cabin stood

and all their small domestic traces were:

the garden laid in rows, the lawn new-mown.

The breeze that bore the scents of life to her

now bore his ashes, sown in stone.


From Volume VI, Issue 1, 2011.