Reaching the Next Generation with Poetry

Posted by Robert Peake.

I never thought of myself as a children’s poet. Yet it was thanks to Dr. Seuss that I began to delight in language itself, and I believe this early contact was crucial to my subsequent love affair with poetry. The tradition continues today, with excellent children’s poetry books coming out in print like In the… Read more »

“Buttons” (Award-Winning Film-Poem for Children)

Posted by Robert Peake.

I am delighted to announce that “Buttons” won the judge’s prize in the 2014 Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition “Shot Through the Heart” children’s category. It will premiere at the prize-giving ceremony on July 18th at the Purcell Room in London. Buttons Buttons themselves are a kind of love token, they fasten your coat to… Read more »

Push-Bike by Elaine Gaston (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

Push-Bike Click here to read the text of the poem on the Poetry Society website. Process Notes Valerie and I were honoured to be selected to make a film from one of the seven commended poems in the 2013 UK National Poetry Competition. We admired Elaine Gaston’s “Push Bike” as a poem, and sought to… Read more »

Filmpoem 2014, Antwerp

Posted by Robert Peake.

Poets, musicians, and filmmakers from all over the world converged on FelixPakhuis in Antwerp last Saturday for a fantastic day of screenings and conversation. It was a pleasure to see John Glenday again, and to meet outstanding poets like Michael Symmons Roberts and Zeynep Köylü alongside filmmakers like Marc Neys and Adele Myers. You can… Read more »

Aerial Manoeuvres (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

Aerial Manoeuvres In dreams, I am convinced I have always been able to fly– the updraft from the cliff will catch me like my mother when I launched from the stairs on a bird-brained impulse, avian memory, invincible faith. Airline rituals reassure me– the act is routine ad tedium– tyres drift up off the tarmac,… Read more »

Featured in The Poetry Shed

Posted by Robert Peake.

Abegail Morley has kindly featured me today on her excellent website The Poetry Shed. I was lucky enough to catch her attention at the Troubadour Poetry Prize Reading last year, and not long after that she invited me to read at the Royal Academy as part of the Ekphrasis project. It has been a pleasure… Read more »

Poem in Rattle #44

Posted by Robert Peake.

I received my electronic version of Rattle #44 today. My poem “La Campagna, London, Friday Night” appears in it, alongside poems from fellow Pacific University MFA Alumni Daniel Bohnhorst and Kathleen Diane Nolan as well as an incisive political poem by Transatlantic Poetry’s own Janice D. Soderling. Rattle remains one of my favourite US journals–accessible… Read more »