A selection of poems by a contemporary master John Peck's poems draw on both modernist and traditional resources, quarrying in the large gaps among contemporary readers of poetry. This definitive collection makes available difficult-to-find works by a remarkable, thoroughly original American poet. Peck's poems continue to attract a discerning, loyal audience of readers up to the challenge of confronting his astonishing range and ambitions.
This is the definitive collection of poems by a remarkable, thoroughly original American poet. Peck's poems continue to attract an appreciative, loyal and growing audience of readers who take on the challenge of confronting his astonishing range and ambitions.
"[T]he best poet of my generation . . . as indifferent to academic fashions as he is to those of the poetry market." -- Clive Wilmer"[F]or a small number of readers Peck will always matter tremendously. Be one of them." -- Robert Archambeau, Notre Dame Review"The poems are so...outstandingly beautiful that the desire to 'understand' [places] second to the straightforward need to read on." -- Patrick McGuinness
John Peck was born in Pittsburgh in 1941. He taught literature at American and Swiss universities and trained as an analytical psychologist in Zurich. His collection The Broken Blockhouse Wall (Carcanet, 1979) won the Prix de Rome, and his other works include Argura (Sheep Meadow, 1998) and M and Other Poems (TriQuarterly Books, 1996). He lives in Massachusetts.