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The Silence Teacher Pamphlet – March 18, 2013
The Silence Teacher is entirely remarkable for its dignity, its beauty, its many strengths of word and of witness. Robert Peake s lines and images polish the hardest of grief-stones until it gleams, until it becomes almost bearable to hold. Here is poetry s task and gift to us untransformable loss made malleable and sustaining by the ways it is met, said, and seen. --Jane Hirshfield
If one locked a mute into the bell of a trumpet, changing the color of its song, its spectral envelope, one might approximate the timbre of Robert Peake s threnody. Anyone who hears this wailing song written by a father for a son s brief life will be haunted by its beauty and restraint. --Sandra Alcosser
About the Author
Robert Peake is an American poet living in England since 2011. In that same year, his collection Human Shade was published by Lost Horse Press in the US, and he was long-listed in the UK National Poetry Competition. His poems have appeared in North American Review, Poetry International, Iota, and Magma.