New and Selected Poems
By Peter Makuck
(BOA Editions Ltd., Paperback, 9781934414323, 200pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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A well-deserved new and selected collection representing forty years of poetry, including twenty-five new poems.
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.
"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 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."
The News and Observer.com