Human Shade

Lost Horse Press New Poets Series, Vol. V containing Human Shade, ISBN 9780984451081 0984451080 978-0984451081 978-0-9844510-8-1
ISBN-10: 0984451080

“As always, the soul of a nation survives in the interstices of political and economic events. It survives, preeminently, in the arts. Art makes life better, even in the harshest of circumstances.”

-Marvin Bell, from the introduction


The Lost Horse Press New Poets | Short Books Series, edited by Marvin Bell, brings together three short books of poetry under one cover. Human Shade appears in Volume V, along with excellent poetry collections by up-and-coming American poets Jensea Storie and Valentine Freeman.

Praise for Human Shade

“These are wonderful poems. Like dim sum, I unwrap the surprise inside each one and am delighted by the poet’s vision of koi, scorpion, bear, hand, shoes — Dear imagination of a boy.”

 — Sandra Alcosser, author of Except by Nature

Human Shade is a stunningly tender and perceptive collection, masterfully handled.”

 — Kate Buckley, author of Follow Me Down

“…a sense of withering time, but never crass or over-obvious, always subtle and Debussyian… Powerful precisely because of its larger cultural context and veiled (until the end) message.”

 — Hugh Fox, Small Press Review

“Robert Peake is a first-rate poet whose collection, Human Shade, is a cycle of very tender and very finely crafted poems…”

 — Tim Krcmarik, author of The Heights

“…a splendid new book.”

 — Joseph Millar, author of Fortune

“…beautifully written, and moving, how the personal intersects with the world outside.”

 — Karol Nielsen, author of Black Elephants

“Throughout, Peake manages the subject of his son’s death both dextrously and eloquently… The lasting impression of the collection is … of strong work gathered intelligently and often beautifully around a poignant and well-executed set of core material.”

 — Martha Sprackland, Sabotage Reviews

“…an amazing collection…stunning and vivid.”

 — Carolee Sherwood, poet and blogger

“…delicacy, beauty, passion, hope, stream through the writers hands and lodge straight in your brain like cement.”

 — Stephen Byrne, The Ranting Beast

(Read more reviews on Goodreads, Amazon US, and Amazon UK…)

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