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Hey everybody,

Some news about my new chapbook…

It’s called Old Men, Girls, and Monsters, and it is now available for sale through the Achilles Chapbook Series.  To buy a copy, just click here.

What people are saying…

“Restless and visceral — the poems in Old Men, Girls, and Monsters howl like prisoners in dark cages as they mutate one’s perception of reality from under their bandages and punctured-origami fragility. An intensely gripping collection.”

-Arlene Ang

“The suffering which permeates this meticulously constructed collection of remembrances is truly haunting. Schwartz creates an unearthly world where one is embraced by the experience of wounding: if it hurts you, be glad that you can still feel.”

-Alexis Apfelbaum

“Peter Schwartz’s poems collect our hard-won confessions, our fragile constructions, our temporary homes and our more permanent losses, but not for the purpose of hoarding them away. Instead, Schwartz organizes these obsessions into new structures–complex and beautiful poems–inviting us to experience their transformations. He writes ‘I’ve always had a certain love for exits,’ and yet, what do we have here? Nothing more or less than a collection of intricate entrances, doorways through which to come in together, as celebrants, as mourners, as readers.”

-Matt Bell, Author of How They Were Found


Excerpt:

I’ve always had a certain love for exits
you see a permanent immigrant to more bachelorhood
than strictly necessary, me giving in

to the pollution like weak tea, me as chops and
giant blocks, a paperboy with the taste of ashes
in his friendly fingers or a

reporter with no news, a robot of light
bicycling backwards from the gravity, shirt off
set to kill the haze: I see

exits everywhere, library or restaurant
hospital or airport, roads already tilting towards their
sequels, regeneration in a

black hole, reversed dollars, missing owls
I’m your meaty amnesia, your continuous
last chance, your fire escape:

your super crutch.



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PETER SCHWARTZ is a poet, photographer, and writer. His poetry has been featured in The Columbia Review, Diagram, and Opium magazine. His photography has appeared online at CELLA’s Round Trip, eyeshot, and Litterbox magazine. His fiction in such places as Nano Fiction, Pindeldyboz, Prism Review, and DOGZPLOT, where he is art editor. He thanks God and O.C.D. for his extensive publishing credits.

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