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 »

Three Views of The Silence Teacher

Assyrian Sphinx

Posted by Robert Peake.

“…what is poetry for, if not to represent the breaking of hearts?” -Fiona Moore, author of The Only Reason for Time The Silence Teacher has the honour of appearing in what is, sadly, the final issue of Sphinx that will carry poetry pamphlet reviews. This online guardian of the the poetry pamphlet has presided with… Read more »

The Silence Teacher Reviewed in The North

The North, No. 51

Posted by Robert Peake.

“…fresh sweat and sweet / Mortality, he found them on the North” -Thom Gunn, “At the Back of the North Wind” Paul Stephenson reviewed The Silence Teacher, along with three other pamphlets from Poetry Salzburg, in the current issue of The North. He begins, “If all poetry is essentially about love and loss then there… Read more »

The Silence Teacher Reviewed in Rattle


Posted by Robert Peake.

Rattle is one of my favourite US literary journals, and Michelle Bitting is one of my favourite US poets, so to have her treat my newest short collection, The Silence Teacher, in their online reviews series is particularly meaningful for me. As Michelle says, we were together in the first workshop of the first residency… Read more »

The Silence Teacher Reviewed in Magma Poetry

Posted by Robert Peake.

Geoff Sawers reviews my newest short collection The Silence Teacher in Magma Poetry. He notes its “consistently even, deeply muted tones” that betray “very little of either self-pity or self-absorption” and declares it an “uneasy, affecting and unforgettable collection”. Magma has become one of my favourite UK literary journals, in part for its tremendous variety;… Read more »

Two Reviews in Poetry International

Poetry International 18/19

Posted by Robert Peake.

My three-year-old nephew brought the post to me this morning. He wanted to do it himself because the package was very heavy and, like all three-year-old boys, he wants everyone to know that he is very strong. It was my contributor’s copy of Poetry International 18/19, all 736 pages of it, a treasure chest of… Read more »

Dark Days, Bright Song

To Sing Away the Darkest Days

Posted by Robert Peake.

Over the past five years, poet, physician, and fellow member of Highgate Poets Norbert Hirschhorn has immersed himself in Yiddish folk song, seeking to free them from “dutiful, stilted” scholarly translations into re-imaginings as English-language poems for his newest collection To Sing Away the Darkest Days (Holland Park Press, 2013). In doing so, Hirschhorn brings much of himself into… Read more »