“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 incredible eye for detail illuminates a collection of stirring and delicately attuned poems that not only roam but actively seek — travelling far and wide to all manner of places but also moving through time, taking leaps of faith and journeys into memory and sensation.
“The Knowledge is a revelation.”
Seán Street, poet and broadcaster
These poems refer to a kind of knowledge that isn’t just sought or gained, but is felt and experienced, known in your heart and in your bones as much as in your mind.
“British readers are rewarded with a view of London that encourages reassessment … The Knowledge engages. Like all top-notch poetry, it renews its readers.”
— Matthew Stewart, Rogue Strands
From postcards to portraits, from ancient and modern wars to cosmopolitan cities, wildlife, and even a tiny ornamental skeleton, Robert Peake finds a sharp focus for the bigger picture both far and wide and closer to home.
“Robert Peake’s impressive new collection sounds a note of Biblical warning in which ‘Beneath the surface, darker matter stirs’. The language of fire and flood collides with the contemporary world to surprising, often shocking effect. What’s revealed is a society where technological sophistication is at the disposal of some age-old motives: greed, vanity, power. It’s a post-lapsarian vision, but one which refuses easy judgements and within which Peake retrieves moments of real tenderness and the slim possibility of change. The result is a collection stalked by history which speaks truth to our times.”
— Esther Morgan, author of Grace
(shortlisted, T.S. Eliot Prize)
These carefully-controlled and eloquent poems know the subtle and deep consequences from each small gesture; the ripple-effect across each story, the altering of lives and history; the still, quiet centre from which it all begins.
“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
The Knowledge is now available from Nine Arches Press, an independent UK-based press that won “Most Innovative Publisher” in the 2014 Saboteur Awards.
“The strangeness, the quirkiness, and the honesty with which the author creates a sense of displacement is tangible. The mixture of language is used to great effect. … What impresses me greatly is the author’s humanity, which I found very moving …”
-Valerie Morton, author of Mango Tree
“Whether examining the intricacies of the self’s perceptive nature, the voice in these poems is deeply reflective, defiant, and with doses of insect imagery … Peake’s poems flow through various alchemies, all of them intertwined with an overarching sense of reflection and responsibility.”
-Lorenia Salgado, Poetry International
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"Like a perfectionist cameraman, Peake is after the ‘dust in a shaft of light,’ recognising both its negative and life-affirming qualities"
World Literature Today
“The problem with The Knowledge is that there are just too many striking images, too many poems to cite. Just go out and buy it.”
— Ian Watson, Poetry Salzburg Review
“As a poet, Peake’s voice is complex without the burden of confusion; he knits with the familiar and complicated threads of fatherhood, grief and survival. But The Knowledge steps confidently from the family circle into the wideness of humanity.”
-Abby E. Murray, Fjords Review