All the Lavish in Common

Allan Peterson (Author)


These poems remind us that we are all in the thick of things, the rich and complicated givens. Moving fluently from subjects as diverse as the surface of Europa to a tiny spider in a tear of wallpaper, from Pythagoras at Tyre to the wings of a dragonfly, they are in love with the world and the deep seriousness of living. Often lavish themselves, they reflect that fact that the author is a visual artist as well as a poet of insightful and sustained imagination.

Product Details

University of Massachusetts Press
Publish Date
March 22, 2006
6.86 X 0.26 X 9.92 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author

Allan Peterson recently retired as chair of the Visual Arts Department and director of the Visual Arts Gallery at Pensacola Junior College in Florida. His first book, Anonymous Or, won the 2001 Defined Providence Press competition.


"Say your dog could suddenly understand you. Why do men look at women the way they do? it'd ask. Why have y'all messed up the environment? And no heaven for dogs--now why's that? In Allan Peterson's beautiful new book, there's a poem on this subject but also many others: guilt, foolishness, death, hope, even our inability, after all these years, to predict the weather. In the dog poem, the good creature listens patiently but really just wants her master to throw the ball so she can bring it back to him. Patience and compassion are the hallmarks of Allan Peterson's poems; to read them is to be a better human being."