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PETER VERTACNIK

Poet. Translator. Critic.

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POETRY

2024

"In Memory of Ray Dolby, The New Criterion

"Photograph," The New Criterion

"The Two-Body Problem in Cyberspace," The New Criterion

"Odd Elegy," The Cortland Review 

2023

"The Quality of Small," Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review  

"Ground Level," Potomac Review 

"Lullaby for an Adult," Phoebe

"Gardeners," Pembroke Magazine

"The Diver," Bad Lilies

 

2022

"False Elegy Beginning with the Moon," Literary Matters

"The Fenced Field," The Midwest Quarterly 

"Trace," 32 Poems 

"Sleeping in Your Parents' Bed, THINK  

"Late Inquiry," The New Criterion 

2021

"Apology to Candles," The Hopkins Review 

"The Yellowjackets Speak," Bad Lilies 

"Seasonal," Bad Lilies 

"Mourning Doves," Folio 

"After," North Dakota Quarterly 

"Wind," North Dakota Quarterly 

"Departure," Clackamas Literary Review 

"The Question," Clackamas Literary Review 

"My Father's Face," The MacGuffin 

"Vanity," Rat's Ass Review 

"Daybreak on Lake Huron," River Heron Review 

"Conscience," Asses of Parnassus 

 

2020

"Collars," Alabama Literary Review 

"My Mama's Schmaltz," Alabama Literary Review 

"Teacher's Lament," Alabama Literary Review 

"On the Night-Stand," Asses of Parnassus 

"Constitutional," 8 Poems 

"Sugar Beets," Psaltery & Lyre 

"Concerning Pedestals," Asses of Parnassus

"Home Movies," South Florida Poetry Journal 

"The Book," Water~Stone Review 

"Fears," Better Than Starbucks 

"Balance," Poet Lore

"Anesthetic," The Hopkins Review 

"Reader's Guide," Asses of Parnassus

"Standardized," Asses of Parnassus

"Peonies in July," Valparaiso Poetry Review

"Reading Together," The American Journal of Poetry

 

2019

"Seasonal Change," Asses of Parnassus

"Hyperopia," Asses of Parnassus

"The Viewer,"  Literary Matters

 

2018

"Bedtime Story," The Orchards Poetry Journal

"A Plea to the Media," Asses of Parnassus

"'Why Are We Doing This?'" Asses of Parnassus

 

2017

"Accolade," Asses of Parnassus

"Dial Tone," Asses of Parnassus

"Final Illness," Asses of Parnassus

"Malpractice," Asses of Parnassus 

"Nomenclature," Asses of Parnassus

"Winter Visitation," Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

 

2016

"Visiting Hours," Autumn Sky Poetry Daily (reprint)

"Patient," Asses of Parnassus

"Riddle," Asses of Parnassus 

"American Medicine," Asses of Parnassus 

 

2012

"Art," Lucid Rhythms

"Visiting Hours," Lucid Rhythms

 

 

PROSE

2023

"Nibbling Animals," (review of Jason Guriel's On Browsing and James Pollock's Durable Goods), Literary Matters 

Review of Ernest Hilbert's Storm Swimmer, The Spectator World

Review of John Moessner's Harmonia, Plume 


2022

"Notes of an Associative Reader," 32 Poems, Contributors' Marginalia 

"Of Love and Boundaries" (review of Nicholas Pierce's In Transit), Literary Matters 

"A Momentary Stay Against Bric-a-Brac" (review of Daniel Brown's Subjects in Poetry & Boris Dralyuk's My Hollywood and Other Poems), Able Muse 

TRANSLATIONS

2022

"End of Fall," (Rilke) THINK 


2020

"Fall Day," (Rilke) The American Journal of Poetry

2019

"Fall,"  (Rilke) Literary Matters

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BIO

Peter Vertacnik was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He holds degrees in creative writing and English from The University of Florida, Texas Tech University and Penn State University. His poetry, translations, and criticism have appeared in 32 Poems, Bad Lilies, The Cortland Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Hopkins Review, Literary Matters, The New Criterion, Phoebe, Plume, The Spectator (World), THINK, and Water~Stone Review. His debut collection of poetry, The Nature of Things Fragile, won the 2023 New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published by Criterion Books in early 2024. He lives and works in Florida. 

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