Poet to Read from Book, Discuss Life as Mother of Son in Combat

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In her recent book, “The Warrior,” author and poet Frances Richey has assembled a collection of her own poems that chronicle the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a mother whose only child has been deployed to Iraq. Richey will read from her book during an appearance at SUNY Orange at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the College’s Gilman Center for International Education.

PHOTO: Frances Richey“The Warrior,” called an “intensely personal exploration” of Richey’s personal and emotional struggles after her son, Ben, was sent to war, shows how she attempted to balance her love for her son, her support of his decisions and her opposition to the war. Richey’s son is a United States Military Academy graduate and Green Beret.

“Even if you don’t have a son fighting in Iraq, even if you don’t read poetry, even if you think you are immune to the power of a mother’s lament—pick up this book and read it right away,” said Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics.” “Fran Richey has written some of the most powerful stories I’ve ever encountered. It is obvious that her life was changed by living these poems; yours may well be changed by reading them.”

Richey’s first collection of poetry, “The Burning Point,” published in March 2004, won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Poems from “The Warrior,” have appeared in a two-page spread in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” Nicholas Kristof's “New York Times” column, on the Lives page of the “New York Times Magazine,” and the local PBS show “New York Voices.”

Admission to Richey’s appearance at SUNY Orange is free. The event is jointly sponsored by the College’s Global Studies and English departments.

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