billy_collins_photo“Robert Peters’ poetry modifies poetic language and breaks new artistic ground. By combining playful rhymes with painfully serious matter, he has returned new tonal possibilities to poetry. By fully exploiting the metaphor of the body, he has provided a fresh code for the expression of feeling.” – Billy Collins, A Gift of Tongues: Critical Challenges in Contemporary American Poetry.
diane_wakoski_photo“The fascination with the dead, with the rotting, with pigs rooting into the earth, a poem about a primal scene in a root cellar, discovering sex and the underground, taboo, death-related experience – this is what all of Peters’ poetry is about which gives it great originality and power.” – Diane Wakoski, American Poetry.
robert_bly“Peters’s criticism is not maternal insights are set down simply, unornamented, as if intended to glance off, and yet I think they are important, and belong to the center. The deserves numerous readers, particularly among young poets dissatisfied with the celebrities who keep writing the same poem over and over again..[His] essay on Robert Creeley is superb; the best essay on his work I know. – Robert Bly, on the first Great American Poetry Bakeoff in American Book Review.
thomas_keneally_photo1“As a fascinating exercise in obscure lives retrieved, as a joint effort in painful and exultant memory, this rich memoir has the playful seriousness and inventive charm which characterizes the work of Robert Peters” – Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List.