First Year in London: Lessons in Negative Capability

Posted by Robert Peake.

“Not wrong, just different.” -Valerie‘s mantra for overcoming culture shock Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of my arrival in London. This afternoon I attended a reading at Keats House in Hampstead. Four volunteers read poems and excerpts from his letters dealing with the concept of Negative Capability. This ability to remain “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts,… Read more »

Small Gestures

Posted by Robert Peake.

“A short poem need not be small.” -Marvin Bell I am tapping this out on my iPhone from Florence, having left the laptop in London. My first time in Italy finds me marveling at so much grand art, and wondering if there is still a place in the post-colonial, post-modern, post-financial-collapse world for the enduring… Read more »

A Poet’s Tube Map

Posted by Robert Peake.

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. -Genesis 2:19 (KJV) There are many ways to settle in to… Read more »

Finding My Footing

Posted by Robert Peake.

I declared my intention, over and over in my head, to “hit the ground running” upon my arrival in London. After three weeks of pounding the pavement with a heavy laptop on my back during my daily commute, I developed plantar fasciitis, an injury to the connective tissue at the arch of the foot. After… Read more »

Reading, Writing, Surviving, Thriving

Posted by Robert Peake.

A Review of MFA in a Box by John Rember Each chapter of John Rember’s MFA in a Box can be read in the time it takes to travel between Finchley Central and Leicester Square station on the Northern Line of the London Underground. I know because I read it this way. At least, I… Read more »

Through the Looking Glass

Posted by Robert Peake.

I have heard some say of parenthood that if people knew ahead of time what would be involved with raising a child, most would not go through with it. I am beginning to suspect the same can be said of immigration. As a newcomer, I must conform to adult expectations without having been taught gradually,… Read more »

The Immigrant Experience

Posted by Robert Peake.

“… now there was a match-head in my thoughts.” -Marvin Bell, from “Wednesday” I have been in London for one week. On my previous three visits, I never stayed for more than two weeks, and often split the time with other parts of England or other countries in Europe. But this time, I am here… Read more »