Marching On Paradise by Peter Steele

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September 1986, no. 84

Marching On Paradise by Peter Steele

Longman Cheshire Modern Poets, 75 pp, $7.75 pb

Marching On Paradise by Peter Steele

by
September 1986, no. 84

Peter Steele is a meditative poet with a gift for aphorism: joy / has more of gravity than of gaiety’; ‘You cannot find / your way, but it is finding you’. And of God he saysZ: ‘I’m lost for words except for those to ask / He’ll look my way and make me see it his.’

The taste for aphorism is matched by a taste for formal verse. Steele is fond of the iambic pentameter (as I am), of the villanelle, of complex stanzas, and in this book he revives the ballade with distinction. At the same time, he writes a good many reflective poems in long unrhymed lines of alternately six and five stresses and running to two or three pages.

Philip Martin reviews 'Marching On Paradise' by Peter Steele

Marching On Paradise

by Peter Steele

Longman Cheshire Modern Poets, 75 pp, $7.75 pb

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