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Peter Schmitt

Nationally recognized and prize-winning poet

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...a compelling, responsible, deeply felt and even exalted imagination...

- Anthony Hecht

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Peter Schmitt’s poems are elegantly simple... A real poet.

- Denise Levertov

Robert Frost Medal-winning poet

In Goodbye, Apostrophe, his first new collection in more than a decade, nationally recognized and prize-winning poet Peter Schmitt has assembled nearly 50 poems notable for their range and emotional power.  From the hard lessons of childhood to the loss of parents, these poems confront the challenging issues of our time, including race, religion, abuse of varying kinds, and reflexive political correctness.  By turns poignant and funny, elegiac and celebratory, formal and free, the mature work of a poet Richard Wilbur hailed as “one of the strongest talents in his generation” will resonate indelibly with any serious reader of American poetry.



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PETER SCHMITT is the author of six collections of poems: Goodbye, Apostrophe (forthcoming in 2020 from Regal House); Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books); Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press); and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear (Pudding House). He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets (selected by Richard Wilbur); The "Discovery"/The Nation Prize (judged by Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter, and Nicholas Christopher); The Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College); is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation.


In the Press

Peter Schmitt presents a compelling, responsible, deeply felt and even exalted imagination that knows its way about the various worlds of immediacy, memory, dream, or fantasy, that we all inhabit in one way or another.  His range is exemplary and, most persuasively of all, his poems are altogether without pretensions, as if they had been smelted down to draw off any possible impurities.  They exhibit, in consequence, the ring of integrity so rare that it deserves the honor of our delight and gratitude.

- Anthony Hecht 



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