San Francisco's outerlands is where the city's once barren dunes end at the Pacific. The poet walks there religiously most mornings remembering his past recalling some of the places and people the art and the artists he has most treasured while brooding on those ultimate concerns that have obsessed him since childhood the oldest questions that have no answers. The Outerlands
is where life like the land ends and finds itself at its outermost reaches where death like the sea begins.
Peter Weltner has published five books of fiction including The Risk of His Music and How the Body Prays three poetry chapbooks three collaborations with the artist Galen Garwood most recently Water's Eye and three full length collections of poems News from the World at My Birth: A History The Outerlands and To the Final Cinder the latter two from Brickhouse Books. His poems and stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and journals and several national anthologies including two O. Henry's in 1993 and 1998. A graduate of Hamilton College and Indiana University he taught for thirty seven years at San Francisco State University. He and his husband Atticus Carr live in San Francisco steps away from the Pacific.
"What they said about Weltner’s previous poetry collection News From the World at My Birth -- this is a marvelous book. It demonstrates the necesssity of poetry.” -- Bill Mayer
"These poems speak of how real the past still is how much it still pleads." -- Linda Gregg