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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 threedecade'slong 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 highwater 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."
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1934414328
- ISBN-13 : 978-1934414323
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches
- Publisher : BOA Editions Ltd.; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Makuck also focuses on his travels. “Toldeo, Spain” describes the seemingly simple experience that he remembers from Spain rather than the tourist destinations and other unfamiliar surroundings. Again, Makuck gives an example of how our memories are connected to strange things. What was it about this experience that stuck with him more than “reflecting pools in the Alcazar”? He doesn’t answer this question, but he invites us to explore the answer for ourselves.
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.