Fragile Acts

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About the Author

Allan Peterson has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and his work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize 10 times. His poems have appeared in The Nation, Boston Review, Agni, the Believer, and The Paris Review, as well as several anthologies. Peterson's 2002 collection, Anonymous Or, won the Defined Providence Press Competition, and his follow-up volume, All the Lavish in Common (2005), won the prestigious Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts. He divides his time between Florida and Oregon.


A National Book Critics Circle Award and Oregon Book Award Finalist

"Like 'Brazil's undiscovered caverns of amethyst, ' Allan Peterson's Fragile Acts is a major find."
--John Ashbery

" A wonder to behold and a joy to read. Allan Peterson's poems dance to the music of time, like light on water or wind in the trees."
--Lewis Lapham

"Allan Peterson's collection Fragile Acts is a spacewalk on the wild side. I loved it. He puts music to the tension between the desperate human experience and the cool removal of the cosmos. His poems are refreshingly discrete artifacts--perfected and edgy-raw at the same time. They stand alone but gain power in one another's presence. This is an exciting new voice, one we've been waiting for."
--Laura Kasischke

"These poems rarely veer far from a well-defined reality that is often rooted in the natural world, fleabane, fish, fast clouds, osprey, and spider, but at the center of that world, and deeply embedded in it, is a thoughtful meditative speaker who both marvels at and raises insightful rhetorical questions about his place among so much mystery. His observing eye, as astute as the most finely-honed telephoto lens, is such that he5;s able to transform even the ordinary into something so exquisite it provokes wonder and awe."
--Mary Jo Bang

"[Allan Peterson's] work demands, and deserves, attention."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Allan Peterson's meditations on domestic tranquility and ecocatastrophe are so smart that they could actually make you smarter" --Boston Review

"Though Peterson occasionally leads you like Wile E. Coyote into thin air, he is more likely to deliver you. He is a glissando in words."--The Brooklyn Rail

"Allan Peterson's Fragile Acts introduces us to a poet capable of changing from the personal and interior to the global and exterior in a single work, sometimes in a single line."--Shelf Awareness

"Peterson is one of our most valuable poet-thinkers and thinker-poets, a writer who can show us how much is within our grasp and much is beyond it." --LA Review of Books

"Soul-poppingly magnetic."--The Rumpus

"A page-turner in the truest sense. "--The Cossack Review

"This is a book that belongs in your hands."--Hey Small Press