Collection of Poems by
Joel B. Peckham Published
Posted September 11, 2001
HOLLAND -- The publication of "Nightwalking," a
collection of 31 poems by Joel B. Peckham Jr., visiting
assistant professor of English at Hope College, has recently
been announced by Pecan Grove Press in San Antonio, Texas.
The poems in the volume, written in a variety of
poetic forms, are unified by three lines from the title
poem: "I'm walking out into the town / I've never visited,
down a darkened street / I've traveled all my life." The
first section focuses on walking in the city, at night; in
the second section the walker moves through in rural
settings, contemplating nature; in the final section the
traveler reaches the end of the road, reflecting on
universal human experience.
The cover of the book is a reproduction of a
painting, done especially for the volume, by Peckham's wife,
poet and artist Susan Atefat Peckham, who is an assistant
professor of English at Hope.
Well-known poet and critic Robert Pack says that
Peckham achieves "a richness of diction that makes his poems
compelling. He possesses a stylistic grittiness, which can
rise to high eloquence, and a profusion of fresh imagistic
details, poem by persuasive poem, that is downright
exciting." Poet Stephen Behrendt adds, "These are poems of
great versatility and vitality, richly textured and complex
in the extraordinary music they make with the language."
Peckham received his B.A. degree from Middlebury
College, his M.A. from Baylor University, and his Ph.D. from
the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He joined the Hope
faculty in 1999, and teaches literature, composition and
creative writing courses.
Peckham's poems have appeared or are forthcoming
in many prestigious national magazines and anthologies,
including "The Southern Review," "Yankee Magazine," "The
Black Warrior Review," "The Malahat Review" and
"Contemporary Poetry of New England" (New England UP). He
is author also of many articles and reviews in major
scholarly journals, focusing especially on his area of
specialization, Southern American literature. He is founder
and co-editor of an on-line literary journal, "Milkwood
Review," located at:
Copies of "Nightwalking" are available from the
college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore.