White Knight with Beebox: New and Selected Poems

Peter Steele

White Knight with Beebox: New and Selected Poems
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White Knight with Beebox: New and Selected Poems

Peter Steele

This collection begins with 82 pages of new poems, then goes back through a rich selection from Peter Steele’s earlier books. Working in traditional forms, he early on perfected his own stress metre, unrhymed and alternating five and four beats: a flexible and driving rhythm for wit and sustained, passionate thinking in the classical tradition of the ode.

The effortless range of historical detail is liberating. It plays to our curiosity with references swept in quickly and lightly, turning to precise image as they arrive. Steele has written of poetry’s need for ‘finger-tip control … it is always delicacy that delivers the goods’.

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