- PUBLISHED: July 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: Literature / Poetry
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 40 Pages, 5.5 x 8 in
- ISBN: 9780899241579
The poems in this volume bring us a taste of Peter Sears’ unique range of sensibility. Entertaining, somberly hilarious, exquisite and filled with refreshment, these are poems for all seasons, reasons, purposes, and tastes. This small book is a treasure.
Authors & Contributors
Peter Sears was born in New York City in 1937 and educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale, and the University of Iowa. He taught at Reed College and Pacific University, and served as Dean of Students at Bard College and as community services director for the Oregon Arts Commission. His work appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Atlantic, Ploughshares, and The Iowa Review. He also published five collections of poems, including, while serving as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 2014, Small Talk: New & Selected Poems. He died in Corvallis, Oregon, on July 20 2017. This small book contains his last poems.
Peter Sears shapes his marvelous poems out of the American vernacular, and can give us the willies as he juxtaposes a quiet natural image against the jazz of colloquial speech. The voices—stubborn, lyrical, self-doubting, brilliantly intuitive—allow us to listen in on the spirit struggling both to accept and to escape the frail, disappearing cage of the body.- Maura Stanton, author of Immortal Sofa and Life Among the Trolls
An heir to Frank O’Hara and Kenneth Koch, Peter Sears offers the world these breezy, sometimes manic poems that veer off in unexpected directions, bringing us a sensibility at once comic and disarmingly revealing.- Dorianne Laux, author of Only As the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems