One phrase from "Argura" - "imploded strophe dispersed canzone" - sets an internalized choral impulse alongside a diffuse songlike one, the "dispersed canzone" still pledged to argument. This criss-cross defines a compositional zone which, though contemporary, does not grant automatic access: this finding may be the controlling one behind "Argura". The work included falls on either side of Peck's "Poems and Translations of Hi-Lo", published by Carcanet in 1991.
This collection of poetry by John Peck falls on either side of his "Poems and Translations of Hi-Lo" (1991). In 1979 Peck was awarded the Prix de Rome for his collection "The Broken Blockhouse Wall".