Peter Steele: A Local Habitation

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November 2010, no. 326

Peter Steele: A Local Habitation

Reviewed by
November 2010, no. 326

Gravitas and levitas

Philip Harvey

 

A Local Habitation: Poems and Homilies
by Peter Steele, edited by Sean Burke
Newman College, $39.95 hb, 168 pp, 9780734041708

 

Once in a seminar long ago, I heard Peter Steele quote one of Winston Churchill’s more disagreeable opinions, noting that Churchill was allowed to say such things ‘because he was Churchill’. This Churchillian self-definition, or certitude, or authority, or prowess, animates much of Steele’s own writings: Steele says this because he is Steele. Nor does he need to be disagreeable to do so.

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