PASSENGERS by Peter Keeble
Peter Keeble was brought up in London but studied and taught Politics at Auckland University in the seventies before returning to Britain to work as a teacher and then a social researcher. He has been active in poetry groups, including Metroland Poets (Amersham) and Herga Poets (Harrow). Long-term interests in philosophy, science and history are often evident in his poems, some of which use the traditional devices of rhyme and meter, while others adopt free verse. Now retired, he has been a member of the South Poetry Magazine’s management team since 2010, fitting this in with occasional visits to his three granddaughters in Geneva.
His poetry has been published extensively in magazines and e-zines and was commended in Ware Poetry's competition, 2018. His poem 'The Materialist' was longlisted in the Poetry Society National Poetry Competition, 2016.
"This is a first collection of Peter Keeble’s inventive, prize-winning poetry, in part explores scenarios and narratives informed by Science Fiction and wide reading. These include intriguing and convincing metamorphoses of figures from the past brought into a startling present: Edward II visits Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam, ancient Greeks find themselves Southgate Cemetery and the reader attends the death bed of the last Centaur. Other poems explore more personal themes – always with surprising turns of language and expression. A collection of highly imaginative, deftly woven, artfully constructed, and memorable poems."
"This first collection is an inventive mix of dreams, science fiction and history with detours into politics, theology, philosophy fantasy and a hint of existential angst:– “Is this all that we are?” he asks in 'Dr Erasmus Darwin’s Talking Head'.
An intriguing, at times striking, thought-provoking read."
Richard Woolmer (SOUTH 61 Magazine)
79 pages, 148 x 210mm
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