Robert Peake is an American-born poet living near London.
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"Cyclone takes the strengths of Robert Peake’s previous work—candour, intensity, a hard-won wit—and enters the storm. … In such turbulent and shrill times, this is his most powerful work to date."
-Michael Symmons Roberts
"Robert Peake's The Knowledge is a subtle, tender collection whose mixture of narrative and descriptive images inexorably draws the reader on to (occasionally painful) revelation."
"In consistently even, deeply muted tones, The Silence Teacher is a self-contained world ... an uneasy, affecting and unforgettable collection."
As 2018 draws to a close, Cyclone finds itself in some remarkable company as part of The Spear’s Big Reads of 2018 list as a “standout book of the year”. Deputy Editor Chris Jackson wrote, “Peake’s collection of poetry — his third — is a magnificent meditation on grief and its aftermath, all taking place within a climate change-conscious world where, […]
Did you know that hundreds of contemporary poets have written about eels? Me either, until this delightfully odd little anthology popped through my mail slot. When Luke Thompson put out the call on Twitter, I responded with “Jellied Eels”, and he must have liked it. The poem appears on p. 70, flanked on all sides […]
Making an example of oneself isn’t always easy. Making an example of one’s poetry even less so. Nevertheless, I took a stab at explaining some of the process behind writing the poem “Reading Dostoevsky in the John Lewis Café, Welwyn Garden City” in a new post on the Nine Arches Press blog. The poem appears […]