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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, 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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Namesake (Film-Poem)

About the Poem I essentially wrote this poem for a dare. Click here to read the text of the poem, and more about how it came to be. Process Notes Having already enhanced this ekphrastic poem with imagery, I decided that a film-poem seemed like an obvious next step. Visually, the film follows the poem’s […]

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Four Poems in Fowl Feathered Review

It somehow escaped my attention that four new poems appeared in Issue 9 of Fowl Feathered Review toward the end of last year. I responded to a call from Virgil Kay, mastermind of this highly eclectic online journal, via Twitter. The wild assemblage of text in various languages and images from different eras reminded me […]

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The Knowledge Gets Sabotaged

Bethany W. Pope of Sabotage Reviews took a critical eye to an advance review copy of The Knowledge, and found it every bit as surprising as I hoped it might be to a perceptive reader. She begins her review: Robert Peake’s The Knowledge (Nine Arches Press) is a subtle, tender collection whose mixture of narrative […]

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American Poets Wallace and Fericano

Long-Islander George Wallace and Frisco Kid Paul Fericano have been quietly and diligently going about the business of furthering the tradition of Amercian poetry in their own unique voices. I take a look at what each has to offer — Wallace’s rough tenderness, Fericano’s slapstick pathos — in an online review of their work. You can read the full […]

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Four Poems from The Knowledge (Plus Video)

“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 Nine Arches Press has compiled four poems from my forthcoming collection, The Knowledge, along with a video of me reading one of the poems and […]

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Metal Gauntlet

Silk Over Steel: First Review of The Knowledge

Good things happen on Twitter. I have Gail Borrow to thank for introducing me (and my work) to Rachel Stirling via this recent tweet exchange. @Stirlingwriter Ah, a lovely challenge for a Thurs morn! The work of @PeakePoetics is my response.  —  Gail Borrow (@GailBorrow) January 29, 2015 I scrambled an electronic review copy of […]

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"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."


"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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