Bethany W. Pope of Sabotage Reviews took a critical eye to an advance review copy of The Knowledge, and found it every bit as surprising as I hoped it might be to a perceptive reader.
She begins her review:
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.
Peake’s great strength is that he knows what death is, and is not afraid to make us look at it. The fact that he leads us there slowly, moving with precise and careful gentleness, shows that (as a writer) he is kind, as well as skilled.
Herself a poet deeply concerned with social justice, and committed to exploring the possibilities of form, she takes evident delight certain poems along the way (such as the crown of sonnets near the end), and is unafraid to voice her dislike of others.
Overall, she seems to have enjoyed the journey, and points out many small but important details along the way.
You can read the full review at Sabotage Reviews.
“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
Nine Arches Press has compiled four poems from my forthcoming collection, The Knowledge, along with a video of me reading one of the poems and answering some questions about it.
For those of you who have been curious about what this new book might contain, here is a sneak peek between the covers.
“The work is elegant and strong. If it is silk, then it is silk over steel.”
-Rachel Stirling, stirlingwriter.com
I am excited to announce that The Knowledge, my debut full-length collection of poetry, is now available to pre-order directly from the publisher at the Nine Arches Press website.
The book ships worldwide, at reasonable rates, at the end of April. It contains poems begun in my MFA in Writing programme as well as many written in response to the remarkable past four years living in and near London. Nine Arches Press won “Most Innovative Publisher” in the most recent voter-picked Saboteur Awards and working with them to bring this book to light has been an absolute pleasure.
By ordering now direct from the publisher, you ensure that you will be amongst the first to get your copy. I do hope that you will consider “doing The Knowledge” and, above all, that you enjoy the poems.
Good things happen on Twitter.
I have Gail Borrow to thank for introducing me (and my work) to Rachel Stirling via this recent tweet exchange.
I scrambled an electronic review copy of my forthcoming book The Knowledge, and she read deeply into the poems.
The poet moves from couplet through the numbered stanzas to free verse, and back again, with confidence and grace. The pace is impressive, largely because the poems are a joy of enjambment. … The work is elegant and strong. If it is silk then it is silk over steel.
You can read Rachel’s full review, and many equally astute others, on stirlingwriter.com.
Also, if you write reviews in print or online and would like to peruse your own copy of The Knowledge, please do get in touch.
I am currently on the other side of the world from London, flying from Sydney to Hong Kong.
Yet London has been my residence and preoccupation for the past several years, culminating in my forthcoming debut full-length collection of poetry, The Knowledge.
Many of the poems are set in a specific place in London. So, as supplement to a more traditional table of contents, what follows is an interactive Google map of poem titles, including links to online version of the poems where applicable.
Click here to view the map
I am pleased to have four poems, including the eponymous poem from my forthcoming collection The Knowledge in The Space it Might Take, the 26th biennial anthology of the Highgate Poets.
It is a pleasure to see these poems beside some of the strongest work over the last two years from each member of this unique North London poetry collective. In fact, I think it may be their best volume yet.
Hats off to those involved in its painstaking production. You can get your copy at the Highgate Poets website.