Stories and Poems
“The mood, the music, of Peter Weltner’s The Return of What’s Been Lost is often elegiac. Memory in these stories and poems broods over what inevitably is present mostly as absence. But the book rejects what some might think of as the self-indulgent sadness of the elegiac mood. The Return of What’s Been Lost confronts what can’t last, what is necessarily mortal, and reflects upon its characters’ deeds and words and its poems’ voices with a tragic spirit. That is, it understands how joy and love may exist within mourning and sorrow, how each sustains and deepens the other. Each life in it dwells at once in the present and in a kind of enduring past. ‘How much the dead must miss us,’ the narrator of “Return of the Fallen” thinks, ‘to imprint their lives on ours.’” David Morris
Peter Weltner also has a new book of poetry,
just published by BrickHouse Books.
”. . .These poems. . .meld the past and the present, the personal and the historical, Classicism and Romanticism, myth and the quotidian, Eros and Thanatos. These poems look directly at the world. They don’t flinch in the face of loss and death. They strive for a transcendence where ”All’s right. All’s water. All’s paradise shimmering.” — Joseph Stroud
Next Month: Interview with author/photographer Joanna MacLean