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 »

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 »

Jellied Eels (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

I had a great time reading poems at the Poetry Cafe in Soho tonight as part of the Southbank Poetry Competition awards. Valerie and I also collaborated to turn my third-prize-winning poem, “Jellied Eels”, into the following film-poem. Jellied Eels Read the text of the poem at the South Bank Poetry Magazine website. Process Notes… Read more »

Poem in Fjords Review

Fjords Review 2.3

Posted by Robert Peake.

I received my contributor’s copy of Fjords Review vol. 2, issue 3 today. It is a lovely perfect-bound volume offering such delicacies as Sarah Palin erasure poems and an arresting series of photographs like the one on the cover. My poem “Color Study” should feel right at home. I was pleased to send work to… Read more »

Poem Online at Amaryillis

Posted by Robert Peake.

I have a new poem in the weekly online zine Amaryllis. I met one of the editors, Hilda Sheehan, at our reading at the Troubadour last year, and discovered a certain overlap between my more quirky poems and her more tame ones. You can decide for yourself which this is. I am also delighted to… Read more »

Reading “Wednesday” by Marvin Bell

Marvin Bell

Posted by Robert Peake.

“And it was at that age… poetry arrived / in search of me” -Pablo Neruda, “Poetry” Poems can represent a turning point. Reading Marvin Bell’s “Wednesday” was one such moment for me. I wrote about what it means to me, and why it really matters, for the Prague-based online journal B O D Y. I… Read more »

Snowblindness (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

Snowblindness It is hard to know how I got here, now that we cut the sled dogs loose, and went our separate ways for help, hard as pack ice in the footsteps I crunch into, wondering whose they are, following a herd of anxious commuters doubtless on their way to warmth, raising what look like… Read more »