Cyclone is about weathering storms—personal, political, psychological—in our present-day climate of chaos. It is brooding, yes — but also looks to the horizon to catch Blakean moments of “joy as it flies”. Here is a collection of real news for unreal times.
Available July 2018.
Praise for The Knowledge (2015)
“The Knowledge is quirky, wide-ranging, luminous and completely enthralling. If there were an A — Z of all the places poetry should take us, this would be it.”
— John Glenday, Author of Grain (shortlisted, Griffin Prize)
“Robert Peake’s The Knowledge (Nine Arches Press) is a subtle, tender collection whose mixture of narrative and descriptive images inexorably draws the reader on to (occasionally painful) revelation.”
-Bethany W Pope, Sabotage Reviews
Praise for The Silence Teacher (2013)
“The Silence Teacher is entirely remarkable for its dignity, its beauty, its many strengths of word and of witness. Robert Peake’s lines and images polish the hardest of grief-stones until it gleams, until it becomes almost bearable to hold. Here is poetry’s task and gift to us — untransformable loss made malleable and sustaining by the ways it is met, said, and seen.”
— Jane Hirshfield, Chancellor, Academy of American Poets
“If all poetry is essentially about love and loss then there is little need to read beyond Robert Peake’s beautiful and heart-breaking pamphlet, The Silence Teacher … These highly-crafted, long-considered poems have so much emotional resonance, from a father who will not teach his son hello, whose son ‘came in waving goodbye’.”