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American Poets Continuum #121: Long Lens: New & Selected Poemsby Peter Makuck
Synopses & Reviews
Peter Makuck sees through the detritus of daily life to what matters. . . . Its that essence that lives deep in things, looked for in people, sea- and landscapes, and creatures, that lifts the quotidian toward the marvelous, and animates this selection of poems from four decades.”—Brendan Galvin
From "Long Lens":
Folding laundry, I can see our clothesline
waving its patches of color like the flag
of a foreign country where I had happily lived
in a small clapboard house surrounded by pines.
I can hear my mother in her strong accent
saying she didnt want a dryer
even when we could finally afford one—
Our sheets wont smell of trees and sunlight anymore.
Long Lens represents forty years of Peter Makucks work, including twenty-five new poems. With precise language, Makucks imagery evokes spiritual longing, love, loss, violence, and transcendence. His subjects include the aftermath of the 1970 killings at Kent State University; scuba diving on an offshore shipwreck; flying through a storm in a small plane; rescuing a boy caught in a riptide; and lucid observations of spinner sharks, a gray fox, a spider, and a pelican tangled in a fishing line.
Peter Makuck taught at East Carolina University from 1976 to 2006, and founded Tar River Poetry. He was 2008 Lee Smith Chair in Creative Writing at NC State University. Winner of the Brockman Award and the Charity Randall Citation, he lives on Bogue Banks, one of North Carolinas barrier islands.
The Cortland Review:
The easy-going manner...of these poems should not blinker us to the fact that they are also polished and load-bearing when they seem least to be. In fact, it is as accomplished for what it doesnt do, as for what it does... its formally adroit without being arty, and its manner invites the reader without manipulation.
A well-deserved new and selected collection representing forty years of poetry, including twenty-five new poems.
About the Author
Founder of Tar River Poetry and editor for 30 years, Peter Makuck taught at East Carolina University from 1976 to 2006. His stories, poems, reviews and essays appear in Poetry, The Nation, Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, and The Georgia Review. He is author of four volumes of poetry, two short story collections, and co-edited a book of essays.
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