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Product Details

  • Series: American Poets Continuum (Book 121)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934414328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934414323
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,174,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Long Lens abounds in examples of how the right moves with perspective are acts of attentiveness by which a poem's design springs from underfoot, with a reach that can take in worlds."
The Hollins Critic

"That old head–scratcher Emerson famously…said that we either belong to the Party of Memory or the Party of Hope. Peter Makuck, whose has been one of the happy arrivals in my mailbox this year, belongs to the former. Yet this new book will also show a man on a three–decade's–long mission to argue that as far as these parties are concerned, it's a distinction without a difference."
The Cortland Review

"The publication of a 'new and selected' edition of a poet's work is a high–water mark for the writer's career…It's also a statment from the publisher that here is a writer whose work has passed the testing of time. In the case of Peter Makuck's Long Lens: New and Selected Poems, the poet has passed the test with flying colors."
— The News and Observer.com

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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I recently read Peter Makuck’s poetry anthology Long Lens. Peter’s work stands out as some of the best from a master who has polished his craft for decades. Much of his work consists of observations about place, the type of observations that most of us miss as we scurry around with our busy lives.

He draws from his experiences in the real worlds of manual labor and nature to open doors of perception for those of us who have never felt the heat of paving a driveway or casting a line off shore in the Gulf Stream. He actually encourages us to become truants from reality as he stops his car to watch a “black trance” of a water top, interrupted only by a “blaze of blond hair” in a kayak with “blades flashing.”

My favorites are his poems on observing nature, a constant theme he explores. He can paint the picture so that you feel you are there and it doesn’t matter if it is a chance rescue of a young swimmer or a hawk capturing a squirrel. As the choice words and rhythms unfold, the images become more vivid than television. If there is such a thing as high definition poetry, Peter’s mastered it.
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By Katie Smith on January 17, 2011
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I thought this was a very good book - all separate poems with a common landscape for many of them - the ocean/sea. Very thoughtful book - it was recommended to me and I recommend it to you
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