Lyric poetry informed by religious, literary, and cultural traditions, including Catholic, Greek, Roman, and Latinate; by classical mythology; and by a life spent close to rural nature as to a number of beloved young and old men. As always, Weltner displays his formal dexterity in this book, using-- and making his own--a variety of traditional, hybrid, and invented forms.
Peter Weltner was raised in northern New Jersey and Piedmont, North Carolina. For 37 years he taught American, British, and Irish literature at San Francisco State University. He has published 20+ books of fiction and poetry. He lives in San Francisco, steps away from the Pacific, with his husband Atticus Carr.
“These poems look directly at the world. They don’t flinch in the face of loss and death. They strive for a transcendence where ‘All’s light. All’s water. All’s paradise shimmering.’ This is a deeply gratifying book, carefully structured and wonderfully accomplished.” -- Joseph Stroud on The Light of the Sun Become Sea