Reaction Time of Glass


The occasion of each poem in Reaction Time of Glass is an item of personal experience, a moment or a small set of events … But the result here is strikingly different from the usual because the life of the poem rests not on the occasion but on the poetical figures (simile, metaphor) which it attracts and which project its message out into a much larger arena than a show of ironies or comforts. ~ The Fortnightly Review

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Have there always been places where the inner life and the outer world can’t be told apart? Do the cities we’ve so skilfully shaped reciprocate in any way? If the meaning of a building or symbol is lost can it be restored or only reinvented?

In his carefully meditated debut collection, James Peake explores the imagination’s material legacy – how our ideas have entered wood and stone, celluloid and skin, metal and glass, and become restless in the process.

Reaction Time of Glass is a work of unusual clarity and coherence. Like the cityscapes it relishes, it is home to interiors – eerie or homely, dark as well as light, imaginative as much as factual – akin to those we’ve inherited and inside of which we perform our lives.

About the author: James Peake was educated at Bristol University and Trinity College, Dublin. He has worked in trade publishing for several years, including at Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan as well as leading independents and literary agencies. He lives in London with his wife and son.

James Peake. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 64 pages, July 2019

Read more about James Peake’s poetry in Poet of the Week.


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