Robert Peake
Robert Peake is an American poet living in England. He created the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series. His full-length collection The Knowledge is due out in early 2015 from Nine Arches Press. Robert writes about poetry and culture on his website at

Entries by Robert Peake

Combining Film and Poetry Is Child's Play

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (19:04)

As part of this year's Poetry International festival, London's own Southbank Centre teamed up with the bosses of Filmpoem, PoetryFilm, and the Zebra Poetry Film Festival to launch Shot Through the Heart, a competition for short films based on poems.

Seeing that in addition to the category...

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An Introduction to the Film-Poem

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (14:10)

2014-06-16-10464042_10152223410208981_8082071796767046186_n.jpgPoets, musicians and filmmakers from all over the world converged on a converted packing house in Antwerp, Belgium last Saturday for a day of gorging on film-poems. It was glorious.

While last year...

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Poetry, Remixed

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2014 | (10:00)

The Poetry Storehouse has an excellent idea - to do for poetry what has worked so well for software, by making some of it "open source". They are gathering text and audio recordings of poetry, released by the author under a Creative Commons license.


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Plagiarism in Poetry: What is Really at Stake?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2013 | (22:20)

There has been a furore in the poetry world recently over fresh revelations of plagiarised poems winning awards and publication. The most notable incident has precipitated C J Allen's withdrawal from the Forward prize. Many questions have been raised, and opinions given, about what constitutes plagiarism in contemporary...

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"Noli Timere": Seamus Heaney's Final Words

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (22:09)

The final words of one of the most important poets writing in English in the latter half of the twentieth century were delivered through a decidedly twenty-first-century medium. Furthermore, the were not in English, but in a language capable of even greater precision. Seamus Heaney sent his final words as...

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The Film-Poem Arrives in Britain

(4) Comments | Posted 5 August 2013 | (22:27)

Of all the places for a new artistic genre to establish a beachhead, the small Scottish fishing village of Dunbar must be the most photogenic. Avant-garde filmmaking has been incorporating elements of poetry since the end of the Second World War. However, the use of video and film as a...

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Yiddish Folk Song Re-Imagined as Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2013 | (20:35)

The act of poetic re-imagining is a necessary art. Coleman Barks popularised Rumi to English speakers by reinvigorating dull trots with poetic mysticism. Gary Snyder gave us back Han Shan, Jane Hirshfield resurrected Ono no Komachi, Seamus Heaney breathed fire into Beowulf. The list goes on. In each case, some...

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Music, Memory and Subversion: Two Scottish Poets' Second Books

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (19:45)

What follows is an interview with Rob A. Mackenzie, author of The Good News (Salt, 2013) and Andrew Philip, author of The North End of the Possible (Salt, 2013).

Salt Author Books

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The Ex-Nun, The Soldier's Wife, And the Fabulist: Three Poets

(2) Comments | Posted 9 June 2013 | (12:58)

Three Book Covers

A nun spikes her drinks with sacramental wine and wears red lace underwear. A soldier's wife sits by the bed of a man whose legs have been blown off, and writes his story. In the hands of the poet,...

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An Open Letter to Dispossessed Poets

(11) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (20:16)

Dear Poets,

The announcement that Salt Publishing will no longer bring out new single-author collections of poetry sent shockwaves through our community. The hundred-or-so poets abandoned by Salt represent some of the UK's finest, and Salt itself was hailed by many as a saviour of poetry in modern...

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Five London Poetry Hotspots (And a Bonus)

(0) Comments | Posted 30 March 2013 | (00:00)

In addition to which British poets to read, American friends who come to visit invariably ask which spots they should visit to get a feel for the London poetry scene. Here are five of my current favourites (plus a bonus)--selected for their friendly atmosphere, talented lineups, and longstanding commitment...

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Why Did American Sharon Olds Win Britain's Top Poetry Prize?

(1) Comments | Posted 14 January 2013 | (21:44)

The audience at the T.S. Eliot Shortlist Reading were the real winners. They were treated to Gillian Clarke's quiet tenderness, like a swan navigating a near-frozen lake. They relished the sweet sibilance of beekeeper Sean Borodale. Julia Copus gave visions of ova during IVF as ghost-like "luminous pearls." Michael Schmidt...

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Field Notes to the T.S. Eliot Prize

(4) Comments | Posted 13 January 2013 | (12:38)

The T.S. Eliot Prize for a single collection is one of the most popular, prestigious, and increasingly transatlantic poetry prizes in Britain. In preparation for the shortlist reading at the Royal Festival Hall, where thousands of poetry lovers including me will shortly descend with excitement, here is an overview of...

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Five American Poets to Watch in 2013

(4) Comments | Posted 1 January 2013 | (00:03)

2012 was the year of the Poetry Parnassus in London, focusing on the global importance of poetry by inviting famous poets from around the world to participate. Guardian guest columnist Stephen Burt extolled America's contribution of former US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan to the mix as defying stereotypes of the...

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