“Robert Peate is a master of the short story, and this marks his first try at poetry. Not a bad attempt, either. If you are interested in the goings-on of the writing community, buy this book. . . . Five stars.”—Andrew Turman, painter and podcast host
Though I have written poetry since 1978 and included poems in previous books, I released my first collection of all poetry on January 13, 2019, after a once-in-a-lifetime session of writing twenty poems in one day.
The title of Narcissist was prompted by Jay Sizemore (who had in 2017 released a collection entitled Misogynist) calling me a narcissist. The content of the book is a poetic history of my life, persons and events, written so the reader might judge my life and me without having to take Jay’s word for it. (I felt that writing about myself was the appropriately narcissistic response.)
My publishing this collection then prompted Jay to stop speaking with me forever and kick me out of the table we had rented together at the 2019 AWP bookfair.
These are the poems that offended the self-proclaimed “Poet Laureate of Infamy” without his even having read them.
Book contents include:
The Second Crisis
and an Afterword by Poet Laureate himself.