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Contradance (Phoenix Poets) Paperback – October 15, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


“[I]t is the extraordinary fineness of intelligence and heart at work in these poems, their music, and their sensuous and exact images, their scrupulous conscience, that can win for their readers what is so difficult, a vision of art and life bound together by both justice and love.”
(Joseph Donahue Notre Dame Review)

“This is a deeply intellectual, deeply profound poetry.”
(Joey Connolly PN Review)

“John Peck is unique among contemporary American poets for the burnished, intricate density of his thought and the rugged, even gnarled lyricism of his lines. The ghosts of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Avedon, Rainer Maria Rilke, Herman Melville, and a host of others stalk gravely through the steps of Peck’s Contradance, their spectral presences a ghostly counterpoint to the poet’s preternatural awareness of the buzzy, blooming confusion of the present moment: ‘Life is not a thing / that we have, it is being seeking employment.’ ”—Mark Scroggins, Florida Atlantic University
(Mark Scroggins)

About the Author

John Peck is a freelance editor and translator and a practicing Jungian analyst. He is the author of eight books of poems, most recently of Red Strawberry Leaf: Selected Poems, 1994–2001, published in the Phoenix Poets series by the University of Chicago Press, and a cotranslator of C. G. Jung’s The Red Book.

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