We’re delighted to announce the publication of Brad Richard’s new poetry chapbook, In Place, Number 24 in our Robin Becker Chapbook Series.
Publication: March 7, 2022 [100 copies]
Brad Richard is the author of four collections of poetry: Habitations, Motion Studies (winner of the 2010 Washington Prize, finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award), Butcher’s Sugar, and Parasite Kingdom (winner of the 2018 Tenth Gate Prize). His poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, including American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Green Mountains Review, The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Okey-Panky, Sakura Review, and Xavier Review. A 2015 Louisiana Artist of the Year and 2002 winner of the Poets & Writers Exchange Award in Poetry, he taught creative writing to talented high school students in New Orleans for twenty-eight years. A faculty member of the Kenyon Review Summer Workshops and an independent teacher and editor, he lives and writes in New Orleans.
There is never enough time to see everything
in the museums we visit most often.
I planted ten packets of seeds
and only these sprouted,
grew five feet high
and blew facedown in last night’s storm.
Watching my husband chop an onion,
I think of all the poets no one reads.
Rooted in air, rooted in smoke,
washed away in silt-bearing floods–
“Don’t worry, it’s firm,” I call out
to my four-year-old godson
as my right leg sinks to the knee
in the mound of dirt I’m climbing.