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978-1-932559-59-0 (Paper; $12.00); 978-1-932559-60-6 (cloth with dust jacket; $24.00) 978-1-932559-61-3 (PDF; $9.99) © 2005 by Parlor Press. 108 pages.
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"Peter Riley's most recent full-length poetry collection, A Map of Faring, is precisely the sort of project that is helping to distinguish the newly established Free Verse Editions, a joint venture between Free Verse and Parlor Press. With its commitment to featuring translations, combined with an international scope, Free Verse Editions has been consistently proving that the site of contemporary poetry consists not so much of place, but of places and their rich, adjacent terrains."
—Word for Word: A Journal of New Writing (Issue 14, Fall 2008).
A Map of Faring holds three major poetical sequences meditating on particular places: an English wood, a Transylvanian valley, and a house in southern France, as well as poems of places in Austria, Germany, The Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and elsewhere. In these, landscape and encounters become the vocabulary of a personal exploration of senses of time and passage, and the fate of small localities in the spread of global forces. A Map of Faring reckons with acts large and small, that are transforming the world, even as it searches to understand, within that reckoning, the possible regenerative presence of art.
About the Author
Peter Riley is a leading poet in Britain. His collections of poetry and other writings include Love-Strife Machine (1969), The Linear Journal (1973), Lines on the Liver (1981), Track and Mineshafts (1983), Snow Has Settled . . . Bury Me Here (1997), Passing Measures: Selected Poems (2001), Alstonefield: A Poem (2004), and Excavations (2004).
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