Copperhead by Rachel RichardsonCopperhead by Rachel Richardson


byRachel Richardson

Paperback | February 17, 2011

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These sinewy, sensuous poems lead down dusty Louisiana backroads, where anything might be lurking: family secrets, rusted relics, a viper. In Copperhead, her debut collection, Rachel Richardson pays homage to the folklore and myth of an Old South that is rapidly disappearing. Riffing from Leadbelly to road signs to the Lucky Lady Lounge, from Britney Spears to broken levees to the first white woman executed in the state, Richardson weaves a rich and conflicted portrait of a place continually haunted by its past. These are poems-as-documentary, an accounting of a region's history and future—politically charged, environmentally reverent, and always shot through with song.
RACHEL RICHARDSON has published poems in the New England Review, Slate, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan and an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina. Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Hopwood Award, and scholarships to the Bread Loa...
Title:CopperheadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 17, 2011Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887485367

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Table of Contents

Nocturne: Benton, Louisiana

Ntachez Trace, Southbound
The Refrain
Portrait of Britney Spears, Kentwood, 1996
The Scale
Children Born after the War
Clearing: 1868
Portrait of Leadbelly in Pinstriped Suit
Note, upon Learning That Jimmie Davis Did Not Compose "You Are My Sunshine"

Field Notes
A Hanging: February 1, 1929
Dan Emmett Writes "Dixie," 1859

The Odds
Lullaby among Oil Fields
My Grandmother Plays Emily in Our Town
Bossier Parish
Audubon at Oakley Plantation
Zydeco at Mulate's
Swamp Ode
Evangeline, to Gabriel
Say Amen
Photograph, 1983
The Horses
On the Morning of _________'s Execution


Editorial Reviews

"Rachel Richardson's Copperhead is a gorgeous river song fast-rising above the heart's levee. As sensuous, cerebral, and mysterious as thick layers of hanging moss over muddy water, this ear-catching debut of poems performs in its language a semimagical charm of memory, seduction, and redemption. My suggestion: avoid all evacuation routes and stay put. Richardson is a remarkable talent who teaches us to faithfully read the signs that make us broken and beautiful." - Major Jackson