When Frances Richey's son, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret, went on the first of his two deployments to Iraq, Richey began to write. The Warrior is her urgent and intensely personal exploration of what a mother is feeling as her only son goes off to war, as she says good-bye to him, misses him, prays for him, and waits for him to come home.
At the heart of this memoir in verse lies a mother's love for her son-a son from whom she feels distant both literally and metaphorically, for she is opposed to the war but nevertheless realizes that she needs to understand and support the choices he has made.
The Warrior speaks to the world of those who wait while their loved ones are in combat or perilous situations. It is also concerned with the love and pain that constitute close relationships. These heart-wrenching and beautifully composed poems are born of necessity; they are for Richey a way of bridging the distance between herself and her son, of bearing witness to the act of waiting and to the life her son was living with all its dangers and mysteries.