Masterful! In You Wait For Me Where Mountain Peaks Are White As Your Hair, Peter Weltner reveals all epochs and eras as contemporaneous, as living in the pebble and the seed; in the discoveries, the joys, and the pains of sexual awakening; in love lost and found where least expected; in the shadows of cultural taboos and in exile from the self. The poems map the enduring struggle to reclaim what is ours and let go, to integrate what’s passed down, what’s unknown, and what’s given. Weltner’s agile, passionate ear guides and clarifies imagination, as the poems’ emotional truths dance to an intricate, organic music, delicate, tidal. Between these misty mountains and Thargelion, our listening becomes a means of engaging mythic realities, grasping the “shining impossible,” and experiencing the warp and the woof of the wilderness within us.
Translator of Pablo Neruda’s Book of Twilight and author of Yarrow and Smoke