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We Wanted to be Writers

Four Poems from The Knowledge Online

Cheryl Olsen of the We Wanted to be Writers blog is kindly running four poems from The Knowledge, including the eponymous piece itself, on their website. While some of these poems are previously published, most have never been on the web before. So, if you have been keen to take a peek inside the cover, […]

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The Knowledge

The Knowledge Has Arrived!

On Friday, I attended a small private London launch for the second edition of a book by my friend and former boss, David Allen. His methodology has been the key to creating the space in my life for poetry amidst a dynamic career in technology and management consulting, and a generally full trans-Atlantic life. Having […]

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The Knowledge by Robert Peake

The Knowledge Now Available to Pre-Order

“The work is elegant and strong. If it is silk, then it is silk over steel.” -Rachel Stirling, stirlingwriter.com I am excited to announce that The Knowledge, my debut full-length collection of poetry, is now available to pre-order directly from the publisher at the Nine Arches Press website. The book ships worldwide, at reasonable rates, […]

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So Long, Mannahatta!

“New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town! / The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” -“On The Town”, sung by Frank Sinatra So a book tour that began in the medieval English village of Much Wenlock ends in New York. We capped off a feasting-our-senses-through-Manhattan city break with a trip to Walt Whitman’s […]

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Dynamite and Its (Poetic) Packaging

“A short poem need not be small.” -Marvin Bell On the plane from London to New York, I took in three stunning debuts: Mona Arshi’s sensual, wistful, and surreal poetry; Sarah Fletcher’s imaginative, accomplished, and wry personae; Anja König’s incisive, keenly observed notes on loss — and wrote brief reviews of each for HuffPost Books. You can […]

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How to Lie With Statistics (and Poetry)

“Tell all the truth, but tell it slant” -Emily Dickinson It’s pretty easy, really. Take a four-thousand-year-old universal human tradition — say, poetry — and use statistical data within a relatively tiny segment — say, the last ten years in America — to extrapolate into sweeping conclusions. In a recent article for the Huffington Post, I call out this tactic employed by a […]

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The Book Launch Tour Continues

What a pleasure it was to launch my debut full-length collection The Knowledge alongside Jo Bell, UK Canal Laureate, who launched her second collection Kith. Coincidence of timing brought us together, but complimentary styles and mutual respect has made touring together a delight. We started in the small Shropshire village of Much Wenlock, birthplace of […]

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The Knowledge

The Knowledge is quirky, wide-ranging, luminous and completely enthralling. If there were an A  —  Z of all the places poetry should take us, this would be it.”
 — John Glenday

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Reviews

"These highly-crafted, long-considered poems have so much emotional resonance..."

-The North



"In consistently even, deeply muted tones, The Silence Teacher is a self-contained world ... an uneasy, affecting and unforgettable collection."

-Magma



"Robert Peake's The Knowledge (Nine Arches Press) is a subtle, tender collection whose mixture of narrative and descriptive images inexorably draws the reader on to (occasionally painful) revelation."

-Sabotage Reviews

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