She praises both its craft and handling of emotionally difficult subject matter, and even picks up on obscure references I feared would be all but lost on most readers (such as the Tasmanian devil cartoon and Judy Garland’s opioid exploitation).
It is heartening to encounter any reader so invested in undestanding the work, let alone one willing to set down their ideas so thoughtfully.
Rachel Carney of the Created to Read website gives a sensitive, perceptive read of Cyclone.
Peake’s style is varied, but all his work is playful and considered, full of irony and interwoven with imagery that reflects the turbulence and chaos of the natural world. Although the themes of grief and nature seem quite separate, Peake’s tone of voice — analytical, questioning, ironic — pervades the collection.
You can read the full review on the Created to Read website.
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, as one poem says, ‘a threat to our way of life, is a threat to our life.”
As it happens, Cyclone is also currently available for a limited time at 50% off the cover price when ordered online directly from the publisher. So if you’re poetry-curious, or want a few additional copies to give as gifts, now is a great time to get your hands on the book Michael Symmons Roberts called “[my] most powerful work to date.”
Well, that’s quite enough tooting of one’s own horn for the year. Wishing you joyful holidays and a peaceful, poetry-filled start to 2019.
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 by sleek, lithe, and lovely poems all around.
I’m told Guillemot Press have made a limited run. So, catch one quick if you can.
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 toward the end of my new collection, Cyclone.